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Summary for 3327 Lafayette AVE / Parcel ID 3964400400 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1936
Built in 1936, the building was occupied by Albert and Edith Horn in 1936. Mr. Horn was a broker and president of Capital Paint and Hardware Company in 1936. In 1937, the building rented for $50 per month. Tax records indicate Suzanne Edwards purchased the building in 1938. Then from 1941 through 1953, John Czarniecki Jr. lived in the house, followed by George Dambacher from 1955 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 1936, this compact, Tudor-Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular corner lot at the intersection of South Hinds Street and Lafayette Avenue South. The building is oriented to Lafayette Avenue South on a flat site 2’ above street level. This 1055 square foot, single-story house with a full daylight basement features an almost square plan, measuring approximately 35’ by 37’, with a small front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, stucco-clad superstructure. The unique stucco contains mother of pearl oyster shells. Asphalt composition roofing covers the gable and hip roof. Flush eaves and gables with decoratively cut bargeboards define the roofline. Wood sash multiple-lite triple windows on the front facade provide day lighting. Wood sash 1:1 windows punctuate the secondary facades. Bay windows project off the front and side facades with a third narrow bay forming the main entrance. A short flight of stairs leads from the street corner to a serpentine walkway that winds up to the main entrance. A brick chimney services the building. A similarly-clad, freestanding two-car garage services the building. The adjacent property, 3321 Lafayette Avenue South, constructed in 1921, is clad in matching stucco.

Detail for 3327 Lafayette AVE / Parcel ID 3964400400 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco 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: one & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: 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."

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Photo taken Sep 25, 2003

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