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Summary for 3208 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700003430 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare- Colonial, Arts & Crafts, Colonial - Colonial Revival 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 Edward P. and Nellie M. Fick. They purchased the building in February of 1912. Dr. Fick was a physician, part of Fick and Whelan, physicians in the Medical Dental Building. In April of 1937, the Fick’s hired contractor, Ray McCoy, to build a gable and dormer, alter bedrooms and finish two bathrooms. The Fick’s lived in the building through 1958. Harry J. Cohill bought the property in August of 1961 for $17,000. 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 substantial, Colonial Revival-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Hunter Boulevard South on a flat site 4’ above street level. This 1036 square foot, two-and-a-half story house with a half basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 40’ by 22’, with a full width front porch that wraps slightly around the building’s north side. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof and gable roofed dormers. Broad overhanging open eaves with exposed rafters define the roofline. The Classically-inspired dormers, originally with Palladian windows, feature gable roofs with cornice returns. Multiple-lite wood sash windows provide day lighting. Windows feature painted wood casings. A short flight of stairs leads to the front porch. Wood piers support the hipped porch roof. As one of the earlier buildings constructed along Hunter Boulevard, this largely intact building contributes to the boulevard’s visual character.

Detail for 3208 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700003430 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
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: two
Unit Theme(s):
Integrity
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Moderate
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 3208 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700003430 / Inv #


Photo taken Oct 28, 2003

Photo taken Oct 28, 2003

Photo taken Oct 28, 2003

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