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Summary for 3242 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700003420 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1910
 
Significance
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1910, this building was designed for J. Plummer. In 1911, the building was owned by G. Swinehardt, who added a garage. The contractor was the firm of Viehman & Zeiss. The Washington Mutual Savings Bank purchased the property in April of 1936. Ca 1937, Russell O. and Ava Bagley moved into the building. Dr. Bagley was a surgeon. Previously the Bagley’s resided at 3436 South Mount Baker Boulevard. The Bagley’s remained in the house through 1958. Residences flanking Hunter Boulevard provide integral character-defining elements to the overall boulevard composition through their orientation towards the boulevard, their massing, heights, setbacks, dates of construction, and preserved set of architectural style variations. These residences and their individual building elements remain largely intact, conveying the original well-to-do middle class composition of this area. The Mount Baker neighborhood comprises two north-south tending ridges located southeast of downtown Seattle along Lake Washington. Initial development of the area occurred relatively late, post-1900, following the construction of the Rainier Avenue Electric Street Railway in the 1890s. York Station on Rainier Avenue and the Dose Addition were developed earlier than the Mount Baker Park Addition, platted in 1907 by the Hunter Tract Improvement Company. The Mount Baker Park Addition represents the core of the neighborhood and is its primary character-defining feature. Mount Baker Park is one of Seattle’s earliest planned residential communities that successfully integrated the natural environment and a relatively exclusive residential neighborhood in its layout of lots, streets, boulevards, and parks. The houses, primarily built between 1905 and 1929, reflect a variety of eclectic and Northwest-based architectural styles, and include designs by many prominent local architects. Other important influences were the streetcar connection with downtown Seattle, the integration of local parks and boulevards into the Olmsted system, the construction of Franklin High School in 1912, and the building of the Mount Baker tunnel and Lacey V. Murrow Floating Bridge to Mercer Island in 1940. Today this middle-to-upper income neighborhood remains predominantly residential, is home to an ethnically diverse population, and retains much of its planned character.
 
Appearance
Built in 1910, this Craftsman-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Hunter Boulevard South on a flat site 5’ above street level. This 1655 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a half basement features a nearly square plan, measuring approximately 44’ by 40’, with an 8’ by 27’ front porch. Significant single pane glazing encloses the south half of the porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the cross gable roof and gable roof dormer. Overhanging eaves and gables with decoratively cut bargeboards, exposed rafters and diagonal bracing define the roofline. Wood sash windows with wood casings provide day lighting. Two flights of stairs lead to the front porch from the sidewalk. Brick piers support battered wood posts carrying the extended gable roofed upper story projecting over the front porch. This building is one of the earlier buildings constructed along Hunter Boulevard South. This largely intact building contributes to the visual character of Hunter Boulevard South.

Detail for 3242 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700003420 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Integrity
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Slight
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.
Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority. "Mount Baker: An Inventory of Buildings and Urban Design Resources."
Mount Baker Community Club. Flowers We All Love Best in Mount Baker Park, (reprint of 1915 ed.)
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "Mount Baker Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 3242 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700003420 / Inv #


Photo taken Oct 28, 2003

Photo taken Oct 28, 2003

Photo taken Oct 28, 2003

Photo taken Oct 28, 2003

Photo taken Oct 28, 2003

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