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Summary for 3321 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003810 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1928
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1928, this building was owned by M. T. Midland. Construction began in 1927. Mr. Midland also owned 3327 Cascadia Avenue South. John A. Meade purchased the building in December of 1931. Mr. Meade was treasurer for the General Fruit Corporation and Pacific Fruit and Produce Company. By 1943, Alan F. Kelsey owned and resided in the building. By 1954 through 1958, Neal H. Ingram lived in the building. Dennis Strickland bought the building in September of 1972 for $43,000. 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 1928, this substantial, Tudor Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Cascadia Avenue South on a flat site 12’ above street level. This 1464 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 48’ by 30’, with a 5’ by 4’ recessed front entrance. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick veneer-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof. Nearly flush eaves with well-defined fascia define the roofline. A two-story turret projects on the front facade with a pyramidal roof. Wood sash double hung windows provide day lighting. A segmental arched entrance leads to the building interior. A brick chimney services the building. The unique style and detailing of this building set it apart from other Tudor Revival style buildings within the neighborhood.

Detail for 3321 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003810 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick - Common Bond Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Hip 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):
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: 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.
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 3321 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003810 / Inv #

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Photo taken Oct 29, 2003
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