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Summary for 2609 Mount Saint Helens PL / Parcel ID 5700002625 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1913
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1913 at a cost of $3,500, this building was owned by F. W. Beachwood. C.C. Dose and Company was the applicant for the building permit. In 1913, Mr. Beachwood constructed a one-story brick garage for $590. Harry Henke, Junior and Josephine Henke purchased the building in May of 1922 and added a bay window. Mr. Henke had an office at 1205 East Pike. The Henke’s remodeled the building in 1926, demolishing the existing garage to build an addition with a garage below and room above. In 1940, he hired the Seattle architecture firm, Edwin Ivey Inc, to design further alterations to the building. By 1954, Henry E. Schmidt, Junior lived in the building, followed by Phillip B. Swain by 1958. Seattle architect Edwin J. Ivey (1883-1940) worked in partnership with Warren Milner, Joseph Cote, Howard Riley and Joseph Skoog. In later years, he had his own practice. He is probably best known for his residential designs, including the C.W. Stimson (1926) and L.C. Henry (1928) houses in The Highlands. He also designed the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity (1928) at the University of Washington. 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 1913, this substantial, Tudor Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Mount Saint Helens Place South on a sloped site at street level. This 1312 square foot, two-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a irregular plan, measuring approximately 67’ by 24’, with a 14’ by 4’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick- (first story) and stucco and half-timber- (upper stories) clad superstructure. The half timbering represents a good application of straight and curved members. Asphalt composition roofing covers the front gable roof. Decoratively cut barge boards with wide overhanging eaves and gable ends define the roofline. Unique diagonal braces support the exposed purlins. Paired and single hung as well as second story casement windows with transoms provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the front entrance. A low-pitched hipped roof supported on brick piers shelters the front stoop. Two brick chimneys service the building.

Detail for 2609 Mount Saint Helens PL / Parcel ID 5700002625 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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."
Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.

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