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Summary for 3647 RENTON AVE / Parcel ID 1624049210 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1910
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built ca 1910, this building was occupied by Frederick S. and Jennie C. Kimball from 1910 through 1964, according to Polk directories. Mr. Kimball ran Kimball Bros. Baked Beans Company. Mrs. Kimball was born in Clitherall Minnesota and arrived in Seattle in 1905 from Fergus Falls Minnesota. She worked as a nurse and schoolteacher. Mrs. Kimball died in November of 1961at the age of 91. Mrs. Kimball was a member of Ark Chapter No. 86 and Order of Eastern Star. Mr. Kimball was born in Massachusettes and arrived in Seattle in 1896. Mr. Kimball died in May of 1961 at the age of 88. By 1966, Kenneth R. Syverson lived in the building, followed by Reverend Genie Debnan from 1968 through 1970. 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.

Detail for 3647 RENTON AVE / Parcel ID 1624049210 / Inv #

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

Photo collection for 3647 RENTON AVE / Parcel ID 1624049210 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 12, 2004

Photo taken Mar 12, 2004
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