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Summary for 3014 BEACON AVE / Parcel ID 0597000550 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1914
Built in 1914, this building was occupied by Arthur G. Engman by 1919 through1938. 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 1914, this compact, vernacular style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Beacon Avenue South on a flat site at street level. This 1120 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 28’ by 40’, with a 14’ by 7’ recessed front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gable roof and front facing dormer. Gable and eave overhangs with exposed rafters, purlins, decorative gable end framing and bargeboards define the roofline. Wood sash multiple-pane windows with painted wood casings provide day lighting. An external gable end chimney services the building. The siding (similar to 3612 and 3610 Nineteenth Avenue South) and extent of intact building fabric set this building apart as distinctive within the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Detail for 3014 BEACON AVE / Parcel ID 0597000550 / 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: one & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
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.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "Beacon Hill Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 3014 BEACON AVE / Parcel ID 0597000550 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 11, 2003

Photo taken Nov 11, 2003

Photo taken Nov 11, 2003

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