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Summary for 2537 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001675 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Colonial Revival Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1921
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1921, this building was purchased by Estella M. and Armin G. Schroeder in May of the same year. Contractor E. K. Sheble built the residence. Mr. Schroeder worked as a salesperson for Burwell and Morford Company. In 1950, the overhead garage door was replaced. By 1954 through 1958, Lester G. Leeman lived in the building. 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, Colonial Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to South Lander Street on a flat site 8’ above street level. This 1064 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 28’ by 48’, with a 12’ by 5’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the front gable roof. Modest boxed eaves and gable overhangs with cornice returns and a well-defined cornice define the roofline. Wood sash 6:1 double hung paired and single windows provide day lighting. A unique pair of quarter-round windows in the half story flanking the gable end chimney provides additional day lighting. A direct flight of stairs off the street corner leads up to a short flight of stairs ascending to the entrance. Paired Classically-influenced columns and two pilasters support a pedimented stoop roof. A prominent brick gable end chimney services the building. The prominent, elevated site, coupled with the gable end windows and detailing of the front entrance and cornice returns set this building apart from other Colonial Revival examples.

Detail for 2537 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001675 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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 2537 34th AVE / Parcel ID 5700001675 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 06, 2003

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