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Summary for 3807 S MCCLELLAN ST S / Parcel ID 5700003520 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1908
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1908, this building was occupied by Melcena L. Knettle. Mrs. Knettle was a teacher at Garfield High School and resided previously at 1718 Thirty-Seventh Avenue South. Allan R. and Edith M. Mosely occupied the building by 1916 through 1925. Mr. Moseley was a salesperson for the Packard Seattle Company. In 1916, Mr. Moseley added a garage. Joseph Livengood Estate Company was the contractor. M. C. Shields purchased the building in January of 1937. Elmer L. Moats bought the building in March of 1949. By 1954, Robert J. Pope lived in the building. By 1958, Belleville Whitehead lived in the building. Elmer L. Moats reportedly purchased the building again in February of 1960 for $15,500. Alan M. Johnson bought the building in March of 1966 for $26,000. 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 1908, this Tudor style single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to South McClellan Street on a flat site 4’ above street level. This 1734 square foot, two-and-one-half story house with a half daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 51’ by 34’, with a 6’ by 51’ porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle- and clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the cross gabled roof. The roof has prominent eave overhangs with decorative fascia, including a variation on the trefoil at the ends of the gables of the two projecting front gables. Between the two projecting front gables are two similarly treated gabled dormers The uppermost half-story projects beyond the face of the front façade and appears to have the appearance of half timbering. The windows appear to be original wood with multiple panes. The front entry has a slight arch.

Detail for 3807 S MCCLELLAN ST S / Parcel ID 5700003520 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): 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 Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: 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 3807 S MCCLELLAN ST S / Parcel ID 5700003520 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 04, 2003

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Photo taken Mar 10, 2004
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