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Summary for 3704 CHEASTY BLVD / Parcel ID 1426300506 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1916
Built in 1916, this building had a 10’ by 14’ garage added for $15 in 1918 by building owner, A. Lovegren. Alvin and Mrs. Agnes Wiese moved to the residence between 1935 and 1938. Mr. Wiese worked as a gardener. They rented the building for $22 per month. The North Rainier Valley consists of a depression created by glaciation between the ridges of Beacon Hill and Mount Baker. The valley derives its name from Mount Rainier because of stunning views of the mountain. The area’s growth followed the early streetcar line, which was completed to Columbia City in 1890. The North Rainier Valley includes the area north of Columbia City and contained many early vegetable farms. Commercial development followed along the streetcar line, with housing built nearby. During the first decades of the 20th century, the area between Massachusetts and Atlantic Streets was home to Seattle’s largest Italian enclave, “Garlic Gulch.” Dugdale Ball Park opened on the corner of Rainier Avenue and McClellan Street in 1913, and was succeeded by Sick’s Stadium in 1938. World War II precipitated a surge in housing development, including the public housing project, Rainier Vista, in 1943. Following the war, the area attracted a mix of African-Americans, Asians, and Filipinos. Today this diverse, low-to-middle income neighborhood is unique within Seattle with its long narrow form focused on the Rainier Avenue transportation corridor.
Built in 1916, this compact Arts & Crafts single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is set back from and oriented towards the boulevard. This 884 square foot one-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring 26’ by 34’, with an approximately 4’ by 14’ recessed front porch and an approximately 4’ by 9’ shed roofed side porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame clapboard sided superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side-gabled roof. An 8’ wide shed roof dormer clad with coursed wood shingles projects on the front facade. Wide eave overhangs and decorative exposed rafter ends with diagonal braces in the gable ends define the roofline. Wood double-hung multiple lite windows punctuate the secondary basement, first and half story facades. The first story and dormer windows feature contemporary horizontal aluminum sliding windows. All windows feature painted wood trim. A boxed wood column supports the roof on the outer northwest corner of the recessed front porch. An engaged reddish brick chimney in the north gable end services the building.

Detail for 3704 CHEASTY BLVD / Parcel ID 1426300506 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Plan: Slight
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.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "North Rainier Valley Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 3704 CHEASTY BLVD / Parcel ID 1426300506 / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 20, 2003

Photo taken Aug 20, 2003
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