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Summary for 2320 33rd AVE / Parcel ID 5700001740 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Colonial Revival Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1920
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1920 at a cost of $6000, this building was first owned by Charles Horn. He added a garage later in 1920. In February of 1923, Frank J. Clancy purchased the building, and he added a garage in 1925. By 1938, James D. Harmes lived in the building. John M. Bruhn purchased the building in May of 1941 and remained through 1954. By 1958, Bruce A. Holliday lived in the building. Larry A. Bensen then purchased the building for $18,800. In April of 1971, Arthur Lee Cooks purchased the residence for $21,500. 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 1920, this substantial, Colonial Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Third Avenue South on a slightly sloped site. This 954 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 31’ by 36’, with a 6’ by 4’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gable roof. Modest closed eave and gable overhangs and cornice returns on the gable ends define the roofline. Wood sash 6:1 windows, paired in the first story and single above, provide day lighting. Windows feature painted wood trim. A short flight of stairs leads to the main entrance stoop. Contemporary brackets replace Classically-inspired columns and support a prominent entablature. A front-facing wall dormer projects above the stoop with three multiple-lite windows surmounted by a half round fan light within the dormer. A gable end brick chimney services the building. The front-facing wall dormer and entry detailing set this building apart stylistically from other similar side gable, two story, Colonial Revival style buildings within the neighborhood.

Detail for 2320 33rd AVE / Parcel ID 5700001740 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable 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 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 2320 33rd AVE / Parcel ID 5700001740 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 06, 2003

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