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Summary for 3403 BELLA VISTA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003295 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Dutch Colonial Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1916
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1916, this residence was designed by Seattle architect, F. H. Fowler. J. S. Borland was the contractor and F. P. Gorin owned the building. The building cost an estimated $7,650, and it received an addition in 1918. John A. and Elvina McDonald purchased the building in June of 1935. Mr. McDonald was vice president of Northwest Lead Company. By 1944, C. D. Morton lived in the building, followed by Craig D. Parker by 1954. William Finnegan purchased the building in March of 1958 for $13,250. The building was sold to Arthur W. Nelson in June of 1963 for $15,500. Frank H. Fowler was an architect and engineer who practiced in Seattle in the early part of the 20th century. Fowler's offices were located in the Smith Tower in downtown Seattle during the 1920s. Fowler designed and constructed the Wilsonian Apartment Hotel and the Lambert Building in the University District. Fowler died in 1932. 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 1916, this substantial, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular corner lot. The building is oriented to Bella Vista Avenue South on a flat site 4’ above street level. This 1369 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a nearly square plan, measuring approximately 42’ by 40’, with a full facade front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the gambrel roof and inset shed roof dormer. Open gable overhangs with exposed purlins define the roofline. Wood sash 1:1 windows provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the front porch. Substantial, full-height, Classically-inspired columns support a prominent freize with exposed rafter ends above. A canted bay window projects onto the front porch. A prominent gable end brick chimney services the building. The full facade front porch and inset dormer set this building apart as unique within the neighborhood.

Detail for 3403 BELLA VISTA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003295 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gambrel Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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."
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.

Photo collection for 3403 BELLA VISTA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003295 / Inv #

Photo taken Oct 31, 2003

Photo taken Oct 31, 2003

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