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Summary for 3008 MOUNT SAINT HELENS PL / Parcel ID 5700003500 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Colonial Revival Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1913
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1913 at a cost of $5000, this building was designed by Seattle architect, Alvin Johnson, and owned by Johnson Oddin. In August of 1917, the Hunter Tract Improvement Company was listed as the building owner. The company hired Seattle architect, Charles Haynes, to design a second story addition. The addition cost $1000. Charles A. and Margareto Lyford owned the building by 1938. Mr. Lyford was the western manager for James D. Lacey and Company. Mr. Lyford resided previously at 3006 Mount Saint Helens Place. By 1954 through 1958, William VanAmerongen lived in the building. Architect Alvin Johnson worked in Seattle from 1910 through 1914. He designed houses in Mount Baker and West Seattle. 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 1913, this Colonial Revival style single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Mt Saint Helens Place South on a flat site about 2’ above street level. This 1512 square foot, two-and-one-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 32’ by 42’, with an 8’ by 16’ porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, wood clapboard- and stucco-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gable roof. The broad overhanging eaves end with prominent eave returns, as does the protruding cross gable front entry. The windows are 1:1. The front door is flanked by twelve-pane sidelights. A side masonry chimney services this house.

Detail for 3008 MOUNT SAINT HELENS PL / Parcel ID 5700003500 / 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: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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 file cards, Seattle Department of Neighborhood, Historic Preservation Program.
Dietz, Duane, “Architects and Landscape Architects of Seattle, 1876 to 1959 and Beyond,” unpublished paper. University of Washington Libraries, July 1993.

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Photo taken Nov 04, 2003
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