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Summary for 3709 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 8121101215 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1927
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 1927, this compact, Tudor Revival style, single-family dwelling is oriented to Cascadia Avenue South on a sloping site 12’ above street level. This 1344 square foot, two-story house with a full basement features a T-shaped plan, measuring approximately 32’ by 44’ by 16’, with a small front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick- and clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the steeply pitched cross gable roof. Flush eaves and gables with plain trim and brick corbelling below the eaves define the roofline. A gabled wall dormer projects from the side facade with stucco and half-timber cladding. Two smaller hip roofed dormers project from the front and side slopes. Wood sash windows provide day lighting. A gable roof extended from the main slope of the roofline with a projecting standing seam copper canopy shelters the main entrance. A brick chimney services the building. The entrance, wall dormer and brick corbelling set this building apart as an important stylistic variant within the neighborhood.

Detail for 3709 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 8121101215 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood - Clapboard, Brick - Common Bond Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Other
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
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."

Photo collection for 3709 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 8121101215 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 12, 2003

Photo taken Nov 12, 2003
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