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Summary for 3221 Lafayette AVE / Parcel ID 3964400155 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor - Composite Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1928
Built in 1928, the building was purchased by Claude and Olive May Andrus in March of 1935. The couple resided in the building through 1941. Mr. Andrus worked as a draftsman with City Light Department and was a treasurer of the Mutual Union Casualty Company in 1936. By 1937 Mr. Andrus was treasurer for the Mutual Union Life Insurance Company and Mutual Untion Casualty Company and secretary treasurer for the City Credit Union of Seattle. Previously Mr. and Mrs. Andrus resided at 3314 17th Avenue South. From ca 1949 through 1955, Harold C. Ericksen occupied the building. Mr. Eriksen moved to the residence from 3321 Lafayette. In June of 1956, Helen Kasperson purchased the building for $6,000, then sold the building to Reverend Curtis B. Pruett in July of 1956. Reverend Curtis Pruett resided in the building until ca 1958. The residence was sold in August of 1959 for $13,750. From 1959 through 1964, Robert A. Eldred lived in the house. In July of 1964 James Alexander purchased the building for $15,500. Mr. Alexander lived in the building through 1970. Beacon Hill is a long north-south tending ridge located southeast of downtown Seattle and stands 350 feet at its highest point. The hill’s steep topography deterred substantial Euro-American settlement through the early 1880s. Then, development of the area was stimulated by the introduction of streetcar lines in the 1890s, its proximity to Seattle’s main industrial area to the west, and the regrading of the hill’s north end in the early 1900s. Originally acquired by the City in 1898, Jefferson Park was integrated into Seattle’s Olmsted system of parks, and the Olmsted Brothers prepared a plan for the park in 1912. The first public golf course west of the Mississippi opened at Jefferson Park in 1915. Jefferson Park has exerted a profound positive influence on the development of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Because of its proximity to the International District, Japanese and Chinese families moved to Beacon Hill starting in the 1920s. World War I and II stimulated a surge in housing development associated with wartime industry. The construction of Interstate 5 in the 1960s and Interstate 90 in the 1980s sliced through the neighborhoods and contributed to Beacon Hill’s relative isolation. Today, Beacon Hill is an ethnically diverse working class community, which has a mixed Asian, Chicano, African American, and Caucasian population.
Built in 1928, this compact, Tudor-Revival composite style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Lafayette Place South on a flat site 3’ above street level. This 1036 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring 38’ by 26’, with a 6’ by 9’ front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the clipped front facing cross gable roof. Modest eave and gable overhangs with exposed eaves and broad bargeboards define the roofline. A low-pitched gable roof covers the front porch and enclosed front entrance area adjacent to the porch. Wood sash 1:1 windows provide day lighting. Two direct flights of stairs lead from the sidewalk to the main entrance porch. A broad, external brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 3221 Lafayette AVE / Parcel ID 3964400155 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable - Clipped Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories:
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
City of Seattle. Survey of City-Owned Historic Resources. Prepared by Cathy Wickwire, Seattle, 2001. Forms for Ravenna Park structures.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "Beacon Hill Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 3221 Lafayette AVE / Parcel ID 3964400155 / Inv #

Photo taken Sep 24, 2003

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