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Summary for 3441 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003870 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Georgian Revival Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1929
Built in 1929, this building was designed by Seattle architect, H. Knight, and owned by Ira Hivatson. John J. Jr. and Florence Wittwer moved into the building ca 1929. Mr. Wittwer was the secretary treasurer for the J. W. Kobi Company, run by John J. Sr. C. L. Harrison bought the property in September of 1938. By 1943, Charles L. Harrison lived in the building. By 1954 through 1958, Albert R. Lintner lived in the building. Sam R. Bowman bought the property in March of 1961 for $35,000. 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 1929, this Colonial Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Cascadia Avenue South on a flat site 10’ above street level. This 1266 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 28’ by 46’, with a 4’ by 14’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick veneer-clad superstructure. Wood shingles cover the side gable roof. Minimal eave and gable overhangs with cornice returns define the roofline. Wood sash windows provide day lighting. A prominent brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 3441 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003870 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick - Common Bond Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Other
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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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 3441 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003870 / Inv #

Photo taken Oct 30, 2003

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