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Summary for 3236 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003990 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare, Tudor Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1912
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1912, this building was owned by W. Dilley. That same year, Mr. Dilley added a reinforced concrete garage. Lena D. and C. Norman Dickison purchased the building in November of 1930. In 1931, Mr. Dickson hired Seattle architect, F. M. Barnes, to design a porch on the north side of the building and alter the building interior (no structural changes). The Dickison’s resided previously at 3241 Hunter Boulevard South. Mr. Dickison was a lawyer. By 1954 through 1958, Frederick W. Waknitz 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.
Built in 1912, this Tudor Revival-influenced, American Foursquare style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Cascadia Avenue South on a steep site 3’ above street level. This 1418 square foot, two-story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 30’ by 43’, with front and back porches. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, stucco and half-timber clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof. Broad overhanging closed eaves define the roofline. Multiple-lite upper sash, wood windows with painted wood casings provide day lighting. Wood pilasters with prominent corbels frame the recessed front entrance. An internal brick chimney services the building. The unique first and second story stucco and half-timbering set this building apart as unique within the neighborhood.

Detail for 3236 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003990 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, 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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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 3236 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003990 / Inv #

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Photo taken Oct 30, 2003

Photo taken Oct 30, 2003

Photo taken Oct 30, 2003
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