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Summary for 3700 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 8121101150 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Dutch Colonial Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1914
Built in 1914, this building was purchased by Kent E. and Adele R. Ratcliffe in April of 1937. Mr. Ratcliffe worked for Finance Service Corporation. The Ratcliffe’s resided in the house through 1968. Andrew Bailasiotes purchased the building in February of 1973 for $40,000. 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 1914, this substantial, Dutch Colonial Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular corner lot. The building is oriented to South Court Street on a sloping site. This 1449 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 51’ by 29’, with an 11’ by 5’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gambrel roof and shed roof dormers. Flush gables with minimal eave overhangs wrapping the first story define the roofline. Wood sash multiple-lite double hung windows provide day lighting. Paneled piers nearly engaged with the exterior wall support a gable roof over the stoop. An internal brick chimney services the building. The dormers, entrance configuration and sleek roofline detailing set this building apart as an important stylistic variant within the neighborhood.

Detail for 3700 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 8121101150 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gambrel 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: 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 3700 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 8121101150 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 12, 2003

Photo taken Nov 12, 2003

Photo taken Nov 12, 2003
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