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Summary for 2648 Cascadia AVE / Parcel ID 5700003645 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Colonial Revival Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1920
Built in 1920 at a cost of $20,000, this building was designed by Seattle architect, Frank H. Fowler and owned by W. F. Duthie. Mr. Fowler also designed a $4000 garage which was built in 1920. Mr. Fowler’s office was at 2006 L. C. Smith Building. In 1922, Mr. Duthie added an 8’ by 14’ sun porch to the residence. Ben B. and Genevieve G. Ehrlichman purchased the building in December of 1925. Mr. Ehrlichman was president of Drumheller Ehrlichman White, and United Pacific Corporations, an investment bonds and stocks company affiliated with Murphy Favre and Company of Spokane, Ferris and Hardgrove of Spokane and Seattle, United Oregon Corporation and American Founders Group in New York. In 1935, Mr. Ehrlichman hired Seattle architect, David J. Myers, to design an addition and alter the residence. In 1937, he hired an architect to again alter the residence. Sidney C. Anschell purchased the building in December of 1943 for $28,000. Robert H. Leach bought the building in September of 1948 for $30,000. Then in September of 1965, the building was sold to A. L. Nagels for $32,500, and in July of 1970 to W. W. Eyro for $38,500. 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 1920, this substantial, Colonial Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Cascadia Avenue South on a sloped site at street level. This 1410 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 48’ by 34’, with a 9’ by 4’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick veneer- (first story) and clapboard- (second story) clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gable roof. Moderate eave and gable overhangs with exposed rafters and cornice returns define the roofline. Unique wood sash 4:1 vertical lite double hung windows provide day lighting. Windows feature painted wood casings. A bowed sunroom extends off the building’s south end. A short walkway leads to the main entrance. Classically-influenced pillars support the gable roof with cornice returns. A brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 2648 Cascadia AVE / Parcel ID 5700003645 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Wood - Shake
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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."
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 2648 Cascadia AVE / Parcel ID 5700003645 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 06, 2003

Photo taken Nov 06, 2003

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