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Summary for 4103 S COURT ST S / Parcel ID 8121101060 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Other Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1922
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1922, this building was owned by Howell and Pearl Tatum. Mr. Tatum was a salesperson. Ernest J. and Lela A. Miner bought the property in July of 1926. Mr. Miner owned E. J. Miner & Company, an accounting firm located in the Central Building. The Miner’s remained in the building through 1968. 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 1922, this compact, Cotswald Cottage style, single-family dwelling is oriented to South Court Street on a flat corner site 3’ above street level. This 1440 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 37’ by 30’, with a small front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, stucco-clad superstructure. Wood shingles cover the clipped cross gable roof and shed roof dormer. Rounded, closed eaves and gables with a slight overhang define the remarkable roofline. Wood sash, leaded casement windows provide day lighting. A rounded roof over the front stoop highlights the entrance. A stucco-clad chimney services the building. The remarkable roof detailing sets this building apart as unique within the Mount Baker, North Rainier Valley and Beacon Hill neighborhoods.

Detail for 4103 S COURT ST S / Parcel ID 8121101060 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable, Gable - Clipped Roof Material(s): Other
Building Type: Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & 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."

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