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Summary for 3855 38th AVE / Parcel ID 8121100005 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Colonial Revival Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1920
Built in 1920, this building was owned by A. B. Schallerer. Coles Construction Company was the building contractor. New York Life Insurance Company purchased the building in July of 1937. By 1938, the building was vacant. J. T. Norgord lived in the building by 1940 through 1943. In 1947, the building underwent an interior remodel. By 1951 through 1968, Clarence A. and Esther Miller lived in the house. The North Rainier Valley consists of a depression created by glaciation between the ridges of Beacon Hill and Mount Baker. The valley derives its name from Mount Rainier because of stunning views of the mountain. The area’s growth followed the early streetcar line, which was completed to Columbia City in 1890. The North Rainier Valley includes the area north of Columbia City and contained many early vegetable farms. Commercial development followed along the streetcar line, with housing built nearby. During the first decades of the 20th century, the area between Massachusetts and Atlantic Streets was home to Seattle’s largest Italian enclave, “Garlic Gulch.” Dugdale Ball Park opened on the corner of Rainier Avenue and McClellan Street in 1913, and was succeeded by Sick’s Stadium in 1938. World War II precipitated a surge in housing development, including the public housing project, Rainier Vista, in 1943. Following the war, the area attracted a mix of African-Americans, Asians, and Filipinos. Today this diverse, low-to-middle income neighborhood is unique within Seattle with its long narrow form focused on the Rainier Avenue transportation corridor.
Built in 1920, this compact, Colonial Revival style, single-family cottage is oriented to Thirty-Eighth Avenue South on a sloping site 2’ above street level. This 1040 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 40’ by 26’, with a small front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, concrete/asbestos shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gable roof. Flush eaves, with a pronounced soffit beneath the eaves, define the roofline following extensive pre-1955 alterations. Wood sash multiple-lite windows provide day lighting. A small peak in the roof highlights the recessed front entrance. Paneled posts carry the pedimented roof. A gable end brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 3855 38th AVE / Parcel ID 8121100005 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos Foundation(s): Unknown
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: one
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.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "North Rainier Valley Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 3855 38th AVE / Parcel ID 8121100005 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 13, 2003

Photo taken Nov 13, 2003
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