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Summary for 2539 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000685 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1911
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1911 at a cost of $3000, this building was constructed by local building contractor, Thomas N. Fierce. R. M. Grove, listed at 302 Summit, owned the building. Prior to 1919, Melvin E. and Mimi M. Callendar lived in the building. The Callendar’s occupied the building through 1944. By 1954, Donald D. McCune lived in the building and remained through 1958. 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 1911, this substantial, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular corner lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Second Avenue South on a flat site 2’ above street level. This 1197 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a U-shaped plan, measuring approximately 21’ by 48’, with a small front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shiplap-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the cross gable roof. Prominent decoratively cut bargeboards, and modest eave and gable overhangs with exposed rafters, purlins and braces define the roofline. Wood sash double hung windows with multiple panes provide day lighting. An oriel window projects from the side facade. A short flight of stairs leads to the stoop. Wood piers rising from a low, solid railing support the gable stoop roof. The prominent bargeboards, oriel window, roofline detailing and its overall stature set this building apart as distinct within the Mount Baker neighborhood.

Detail for 2539 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000685 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood - Shiplap 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:
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Slight
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."

Photo collection for 2539 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000685 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003
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