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Summary for 2535 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001680 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Craftsman Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1907
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1907, this residence was owned by C. Malms, who added a garage in 1915. In 1917, the building was owned by C. W. Dawson, who extended the roof over the garage to make a gymnasium. Reverend William A. and Emma L. Major moved into the residence ca 1923. The Major’s previously resided at 3716 Cascadia, and then at 3110 33rd Avenue South. Reverend William Major was with the Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church. In January of 1924, Conrad Haggblom purchased the building. By 1958, F. Ian Robertson lived in the building, and in May of 1960, it was sold to Assaf F. Erickson. James R. Boyne later purchased the building for $12,750. 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 1907, this substantial, Craftsman-influenced, American Foursquare style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Fourth Avenue South on a flat site 12’ above street level. This 936 square foot, two-and-a-half story house with a half daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 36’ by 26’, with a 11’ by 11’ partially recessed front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard- (first story) and stucco- (upper stories) clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hipped roof and dormers. Broad overhanging boxed eaves with decoratively cut brackets define the roofline. Wood sash double hung windows with multiple lites provide day lighting. A direct flight of stairs leads to the front entrance porch. Clusters of three Classically-influenced columns support the porch roof. A low solid railing wraps the second story edge of the flat roof. A brick chimney services the building. The remarkable extent of intact fabric combined with the entrance and window detailing and overall proportions of this building make it a good stylistic example. The early date of construction of this building relative to surrounding properties also contributes to the importance of this building as one of the earlier buildings constructed during the residential development of the area.

Detail for 2535 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001680 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two & 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 2535 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001680 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 10, 2004

Photo taken Mar 10, 2004
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