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Summary for 2232 34th AVE / Parcel ID 1024049019 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1927
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1927, this building was constructed after the property was purchased by John J. and Gladys T. Reynolds in January of the same year. Mr. Reynolds hired John D. Hall to construct the building. Captain Reynolds was a master mariner. By 1954 and continuing through 1958, Eugene E. Murray lived in the building. In January of 1962, Dr. William N. Pope bought the residence for $28,000. 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 substantial, Tudor Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular corner lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Fourth Avenue South on a sloped site approximately 5’ above street level. This 1532 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 32’ by 42’, with a small recessed front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick- (first story) and stucco and half-timber- (half story) clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the steeply pitched cross gable roof. Twin front facing gables with flush gable ends and minimal eave overhangs define the roofline. Multiple lite wood sash leaded windows provide day lighting. Windows feature painted wood trim. A curvilinear walkway leads from the street corner to the recessed front entrance. A gabled roof over the arched entrance shelters the front stoop. The broad twin front-facing gables and decorative half-timbering along with the round arched front half story windows comprise characteristics unique to this residence.

Detail for 2232 34th AVE / Parcel ID 1024049019 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Stucco 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: one & ½
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 2232 34th AVE / Parcel ID 1024049019 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 06, 2003
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