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Summary for 2518 33rd AVE / Parcel ID 5700001650 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Dutch Colonial Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1921
Built in 1921, this building was owned by N. M. Maurer, who added a garage the same year. Charles E. Stutz purchased the building in February of 1932. Horace William and Sara C. McCurdy moved into the residence ca 1932 from their previous residence at 2817 33rd Avenue South. Mr. McCurdy worked as the president and general manager for Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company. By 1943, Ernest E. Larios and Edmund F. Skerry resided in the building. Mart I. Poska occupied the building by 1954, followed by Robert Long by 1958. In September of 1962, James E. G. Leers purchased the building for $22,800. 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 1921, this substantial, Dutch Colonial Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Third Avenue South on a flat site 7’ above street level. This 1124 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 26’ by 40’, with an 8’ by 5’ stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gambrel roof and shed roof dormer. Modest closed eave and gable overhangs with cornice returns define the roofline. Wood sash 6:1 double hung windows provide day lighting. Two flights of stairs lead to the front entrance from the sidewalk. Multiple-lite sidelights flank the front doorway. A gable roof with barrel vault soffit carried on slender brackets shelters the entrance. A gable end brick chimney services the building. The small front dormer extended flush with the exterior wall face sets this building apart stylistically within the neighborhood.

Detail for 2518 33rd AVE / Parcel ID 5700001650 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gambrel Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
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."

Photo collection for 2518 33rd AVE / Parcel ID 5700001650 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 06, 2003

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