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Summary for 3227 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003750 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Modern - Contemporary Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1966
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1966, this building was begun in 1964 and cost $21,000. The building was first occupied in February of 1965. By 1968, Bruce Y. Dong lived in the house. 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 1966, this Modern style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Cascadia Avenue South on a site elevated above street level. This 1444 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 48’ by 38’, with a 22’ by 6’ front balcony and a 20’ by 19’ back patio. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the low-pitched gable roof. Eave and gable overhangs with exposed framing define the roofline. Large single-pane windows provide day lighting. Subtle Japanese experiences exist in the balcony screen and dark wood beams. The modern style and broad window expanses set this building apart as unique within the neighborhood.

Detail for 3227 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003750 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
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 3227 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700003750 / Inv #

Photo taken Oct 29, 2003
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