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Summary for 3659 RENTON AVE / Parcel ID 1624049044 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1900
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1900, the building was occupied by Tetsuei and Momoko Fujiioka from ca 1930 through 1964, according to Polk directories. Mr. Fujioka worked as a cashier for Furuya and Company. From 1966 through 1970, Jack M. Sameshima lived in the building. 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 1900, this vertically-emphasized, Vernacular style, single-family dwelling stands on an irregular-shaped lot. The building is oriented to Renton Avenue South on a sloping site elevated 5’ above street level. This 792 square foot, two-story house with a partial basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 33’ by 24’, with a 24’ by 7’ full facade front porch. A concrete block foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the cross gable roof. Moderate eave overhangs and a restrained fascia define the roofline. Wood sash 1:1 windows arranged in a regular rhythm provide day lighting for first and second story spaces. Windows feature painted wood casings. A direct flight of steps leads to the hipped-roof front porch. Square wood columns support the roof with an open railing between. A brick chimney services the building. A small shed roofed single story addition projects from the back facade.

Detail for 3659 RENTON AVE / Parcel ID 1624049044 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Unknown
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 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.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "North Rainier Valley Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 3659 RENTON AVE / Parcel ID 1624049044 / Inv #

Photo taken Sep 29, 2003
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