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Summary for 3907 S MCCLELLAN ST S / Parcel ID 5700003670 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Colonial Revival Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1918
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1918, this building was constructed after Katherine H. and Wilbur W. Scruby purchased the property in April of 1916. In 1921, the Scruby’s added a one-room addition that was designed by Seattle architect, Charles Haynes. The Scruby’s remained in the building through 1943. Mr. Scruby was vice president of the First Seattle Dexter Horton National Bank. 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 1918, this Colonial Revival style single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to South McClellan Street on a sloped site approximately 4’ above street level. This 1743 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 35’ by 42’, with a 6’ by 10’ stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hipped roof. The low-pitched roof is broken by two slightly projecting bays on either side of the front entry. The closed eaves are accented with dentils. The front entry is sheltered by a portico supported by two columns and topped with a widow’s walk. A soldier course divides the first and second stories. The side chimney is detailed with stone coping at the steps and is a prominent element of this house.

Detail for 3907 S MCCLELLAN ST S / Parcel ID 5700003670 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick 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 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."

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