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Summary for 4221 34th AVE / Parcel ID 1604601215 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1909
Built in 1909, this building was owned and occupied by Roy C. and Carrie W. Garrison by 1919 through 1955. Mr. Garrison worked as the foreman for the S & E Company and, by 1931, the Port of Seattle. The building was re-roofed in 1957. The composition brick veneer and shakes were added in 1960. By 1961 through 1965, John R. Watson lived in the building. Walter V. Dial purchased the building in March of 1968 for $16,000. 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 1909, this compact, vernacular style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular corner lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Fourth Avenue South and the level site set 10’ above grade. This 816 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a three-quarter daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 24’ by 34’, with a small front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the gable roof and hipped dormers. A flared, slightly projecting roofline with flush gables and pronounced fascia define the roofline. Wood sash 1:1 windows with leaded upper panes provide day lighting. Unique diamond windows accent the gable ends. A bowed bay window projects on the front facade. Brackets support a gable roof with an arched soffit sheltering the front stoop. An internal brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 4221 34th AVE / Parcel ID 1604601215 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle 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: one & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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 4221 34th AVE / Parcel ID 1604601215 / Inv #

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Photo taken Dec 12, 2003

Photo taken Dec 12, 2003
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