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Summary for 3321 LAFAYETTE AVE / Parcel ID 3964400405 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1921
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1921, this residence rented for $40 per month in 1937, according to tax records. Polk directories indicate Wendell R. Craven resided in the building in 1938. Tax records show that Mr. Harold Eriksen purchased the residence in 1939 and lived in the building until 1941 when he moved to 3221 Lafayette Avenue South. From 1949 through 1970, L. D. and Margaret McFadden lived in this building. Beacon Hill is a long north-south tending ridge located southeast of downtown Seattle and stands 350 feet at its highest point. The hill’s steep topography deterred substantial Euro-American settlement through the early 1880s. Then, development of the area was stimulated by the introduction of streetcar lines in the 1890s, its proximity to Seattle’s main industrial area to the west, and the regrading of the hill’s north end in the early 1900s. Originally acquired by the City in 1898, Jefferson Park was integrated into Seattle’s Olmsted system of parks, and the Olmsted Brothers prepared a plan for the park in 1912. The first public golf course west of the Mississippi opened at Jefferson Park in 1915. Jefferson Park has exerted a profound positive influence on the development of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Because of its proximity to the International District, Japanese and Chinese families moved to Beacon Hill starting in the 1920s. World War I and II stimulated a surge in housing development associated with wartime industry. The construction of Interstate 5 in the 1960s and Interstate 90 in the 1980s sliced through the neighborhoods and contributed to Beacon Hill’s relative isolation. Today, Beacon Hill is an ethnically diverse working class community, which has a mixed Asian, Chicano, African American, and Caucasian population.
Built in 1921, this compact, Craftsman-influenced, single-family bungalow stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Lafayette Avenue South on a flat site 2' above street level. This 720 square foot, single-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring 20' by 16' with a 5' by 16' front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, stucco-clad superstructure. The unique stucco contains mother of pearl oyster shells. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gable roof. Eave returns with a boxed soffit define the roofline. Multiple-lite wood sash paired casement windows provide day lighting. Scroll type brackets support the gable roof over the front stoop. A short flight of stairs leads up to the main entrance. A gable end brick chimney services the building. The adjacent property, 3327 Lafayette Avenue South, is clad in matching stucco.

Detail for 3321 LAFAYETTE AVE / Parcel ID 3964400405 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): 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
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.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "Beacon Hill Historic Context Statement."

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