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Summary for 3118 MOUNT RAINIER DR / Parcel ID 5700003450 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Dutch Colonial Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1919
Built in 1919, this building was purchased by Owen G. and Ottilie E. Bayless in August of 1919. The kitchen was remodeled and an addition built on the back side of the building in 1930. Mr. Bayless was manager at Lowman and Hanford Company, an office supply, furniture and engraving company. By 1937, James L. Skinner also lived in the building. Joseph B. Paszkowski purchased the building in February of 1958 for $17,000. 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 1919, this Dutch Colonial Revival style single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Mount Rainier Avenue South on a flat site above street level. This 968 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 24’ by 34’, with an 8’ by 6’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the gambrel roof and extended shed roof dormers. Modest closed eave and gable overhangs define the roofline. Wood sash multiple-pane windows with painted wood casings provide day lighting. A direct flight of stairs leads to the front stoop. Classically-influenced columns carry a pedimented stoop entrance. An external brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 3118 MOUNT RAINIER DR / Parcel ID 5700003450 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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 3118 MOUNT RAINIER DR / Parcel ID 5700003450 / Inv #

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Photo taken Nov 04, 2003

Photo taken Nov 04, 2003
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