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Summary for 3303 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700002990 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1913
 
Significance
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1913, this residence was designed and owned by Seattle architect, A. Peterson. The building’s cost was estimated at $5,000. Mr. Peterson gave his address in the building permit as 3215 Rainier Boulevard. Mr. Peterson also built 3233 and 3323 Hunter Boulevard South. In 1916, the building was owned by Mr. D. Jones, who hired contractor, G. A. Morrell, to repair the fireplace and chimney. The building was purchased by Charles E. and Caroline A. Eaton in July of 1935. Charles Eaton was a physician. By 1943, Lillian Perkins lived in the building, followed by Shelton L. Yates from1954 through 1958. Builder Andrew Peterson designed and constructed several distinctive Craftsman style houses on the 3300 block of Hunter Boulevard and elsewhere in the Mount Baker neighborhood. The decorative timberwork that he used on some porches, reminiscent of the Stick style, is especially interesting. These houses include 3303, 3333, and 3337 Hunter Boulevard South. Residences flanking Hunter Boulevard provide integral character-defining elements to the overall boulevard composition through their orientation towards the boulevard, their massing, heights, setbacks, dates of construction, and preserved set of architectural style variations. These residences and their individual building elements remain largely intact, conveying the original well-to-do middle class composition of this area. 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 1913, this substantial, Craftsman-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular corner lot. The building is oriented to Hunter Boulevard South on a flat site 3’ above street level. This 1332 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 44’ by 33’, with an 8’ by 21’ two-story front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the cross gable roof. Broad overhanging open eaves and gables with exposed purlins, diagonal braces and prominent bargeboards define the roofline. Wood sash windows with painted wood casings provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs flanked by low brick cheek walls leads to the front entrance. Low brick piers support wood posts carrying both the upper porch and gabled porch roof. A low balustrade wraps the upper porch. A prominent gable end brick chimney services the building. The prominent two-story front porch and detailing set this building apart as unique within the neighborhood. The two-story front porch trait is shared with 3319 and 3323 Hunter Boulevard South. This intact building contributes to the visual character of Hunter Boulevard South.

Detail for 3303 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700002990 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Unknown
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: two
Unit Theme(s):
Integrity
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 3303 HUNTER BLVD / Parcel ID 5700002990 / Inv #


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Photo taken Mar 12, 2004

Photo taken Mar 12, 2004
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