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Summary for 2333 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001785 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Prairie Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1923
 
Significance
Built in 1923, this building was owned by Mrs. Anna McNeely. Fulton Y. and Nilmah S. Magill purchased the building in June of 1933. Mr. Magill worked previously as a statistician with Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company. The Magill’s resided previously at 3018 Mount Baker Boulevard South. In August of 1940, Earl B. and Helen J. Hansen purchased the residence. By 1958, Polk directories indicate Charles A. Hanson lived in the building. 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 1923, this Prairie-influenced, American Foursquare style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Fourth Avenue South on a flat site 9’ above street level. This 988 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring 38’ by 26’, with a 7’ by 12’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof. Broad overhanging closed eaves define the roofline. Broad, brick cheek wall flanked stairs lead to the front stoop. Double hung wood sash windows with multiple lite upper sash provide day lighting. A barrel vault roof carried on paired brackets shelters the entrance. A substantial brick gable end chimney services the building. The entrance configuration including the stairway, barrel vault roof and brackets, combined with the notable multiple lite upper sash, set this building apart as unique within the neighborhood.

Detail for 2333 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001785 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
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):
Integrity
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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 2333 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001785 / Inv #


Photo taken Nov 06, 2003

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