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Summary for 2707 33rd AVE / Parcel ID 5700001090 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1935
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1935, this building was owned by Thomas Asknen. The design for the building is attributed to Seattle architects, Paul Thiry and Allan A. Shay. John B. and Rita H. Stirrat purchased the building in May of 1937. The Stirrat’s previously resided at 3210 Lander. Mr. Stirrat was president of the Seattle Brick and Tile Company, Inc. By 1954, Clifford K. Farsje lived in the building, followed by Albert J. Niccoli by 1958. In August of 1962, tax records indicate John Stirrat purchased the building again for $12,157. In November of the following year, O. D. Johnson bought the building for $17,700. 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 1935, this substantial, Colonial Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Third Avenue South on a flat site 2’ above street level. This 1192 square foot, two-story house with a full basement features a nearly square plan, measuring approximately 32’ by 35’, with a 9’ by 5’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof and wall dormer. Flush eaves with pronounced trim define the roofline. Wood sash multiple-pane windows with rowlock headers provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the front stoop. A prominent entrance with a broken pediment and engaged pilasters provides access to the building interior. An exterior brick chimney services the building. The unique form and entrance composition set this building apart as unique within the Mount Baker neighborhood.

Detail for 2707 33rd AVE / Parcel ID 5700001090 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick - Common Bond 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):
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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 2707 33rd AVE / Parcel ID 5700001090 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003
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