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Summary for 2802 30th AVE / Parcel ID 5700000320 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Craftsman Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1909
Built in 1909, the residence underwent a remodel in 1930. Alex M. and Cecile Maine resided in the building by 1931, eventually purchasing the building in July of 1937 and living there through 1943. The Maine’s resided previously at 2834 Thirtieth Avenue South. Mr. Maine worked as a tailor. By 1955 through 1968, Eda P. and Leslie R. Geddis 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 1909, this Craftsman-influenced, American Foursquare style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirtieth Avenue South on a sloping site 4’ above street level. This 1008 square foot, two-story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 28’ by 36’, with a 7’ by 7’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard- and stucco-clad superstructure. A prominent cornice defines the transition between the first and second stories. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof and dormer. Broad open overhanging eaves with exposed rafters define the roofline. Wood sash double hung windows with painted wood casings provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the enclosed front stoop. A hipped roof shelters the stoop. An external brick chimney services the building. The enclosed front stoop sets this building apart as a distinct American Foursquare style building within the Mount Baker neighborhood.

Detail for 2802 30th AVE / Parcel ID 5700000320 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Slight
Changes to Plan: 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."

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