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Summary for 2636 Cascadia AVE / Parcel ID 5700003640 / 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, this building was constructed after Dr. Charles E. and Rhoda E. Guthrie purchased the property in May of 1912. The building cost $4,500. Seattle architects, Thompson & Thompson (Charles L and C. Bennett), designed the building, and the builder was A. E. Berry. Dr. Guthrie was a physician with an office in room 611 of the Cobb Building. By 1954 through 1958, Arthur W. Minard lived in the building. H. Powell Baker purchased the property in April of 1971 for $47,000. The architectural firm of Thompson & Thompson was in business in Seattle from 1899 until about 1927. It included Charles L. Thompson (1842-?) and his son, C. Bennett Thompson. Charles L. Thompson practiced architecture in New Jersey, Kansas and Salt Lake City before coming to Seattle in 1899. The firm designed houses and commercial buildings in the International District, including the Moses Building, Galbraith residence (destroyed), J.W. Clise residence, Low Building and Goon Dip Block. C. Bennett Thompson continued in practice on his own until 1936. 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 Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to views over Lake Washington on a sloped site 6’ below street level. This 1500 square foot, two-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a square plan, measuring approximately 40’ by 39’, with a small recessed front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick veneer- (first story) and shingle- (upper stories) clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the cross gable roof. Moderate eave and gable overhangs define the roofline. The upper half story projects slightly beyond the second story. Wood sash 1:1 double hung windows provide day lighting. Windows feature decorative painted wood casings. A brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 2636 Cascadia AVE / Parcel ID 5700003640 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick - Clinker, Shingle 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 Windows: Intact
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."
Architects Reference Files, Special Collections and Preservation Division, University of Washington Libraries.
Dietz, Duane, “Architects and Landscape Architects of Seattle, 1876 to 1959 and Beyond,” unpublished paper. University of Washington Libraries, July 1993.
Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.

Photo collection for 2636 Cascadia AVE / Parcel ID 5700003640 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 06, 2003

Photo taken Nov 06, 2003

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Photo taken Mar 10, 2004

Photo taken Mar 10, 2004
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