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Summary for 1418 31st AVE / Parcel ID 6909200555 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Colonial Revival, Vernacular Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1915
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.
Built in 1915, this Colonial Revival style building stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-First Avenue South on a flat site at street level. This 2345 square foo, two-story building with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 33’ by 70’. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, stucco- and vinyl/aluminum siding-clad superstructure. A flat roof with eaves and decorative modillions shelters the residence. Wood sash 1:1 windows with painted wood casings provide day lighting. Bay windows project on the second story front facade. A centrally placed entrance between two display windows services the building. The first story is occupied commercially and the second story is residential.

Detail for 1418 31st AVE / Parcel ID 6909200555 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Concrete, Other, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Eaves Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Other Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Windows: 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 1418 31st AVE / Parcel ID 6909200555 / Inv #

Photo taken Dec 16, 2003

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