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Summary for 2623 Mount Saint Helens PL / Parcel ID 5700002645 / 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 $6,000, this building was owned by H. Dailey. Construction started in August of 1912. John Biglow purchased the building in December of 1913. Bertram F. and Waneta A. Morris moved into the building ca 1933. Mr. Morris was president of Pioneer Sand and Gravel Company and manager of Galbraith and Company. Lawrence Finnagan purchased the building in October of 1944. By 1954 through 1958, John S. Acker lived in the building. 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 vertically-emphasized, 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 1412 square foot, two-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring 31’ by 44’, with a 3’ by 6’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick veneer- (first story) and stucco- (upper stories) clad superstructure. Half-timbering accents the gable end half stories. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gable roof. Overhanging eaves and gable ends with exposed rafters and purlins define the roofline. Wood sash 1:1 windows provide day lighting. A gable end brick chimney services the building. Segmental brick arches frame the front entrance. This building is a good example of a restrained application of the Tudor Revival style. Stylistically, the building holds strong ties to 2706 Mount Saint Helens Place South in terms of exterior cladding, overall form, and entrance configuration.

Detail for 2623 Mount Saint Helens PL / Parcel ID 5700002645 / 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: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two & ½
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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."

Photo collection for 2623 Mount Saint Helens PL / Parcel ID 5700002645 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 06, 2003

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Photo taken Mar 10, 2004

Photo taken Mar 10, 2004
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