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Summary for 3811 RENTON AVE / Parcel ID 1624049192 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1910
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1910, this building was owned by Robert C. McKillop by 1914 through 1919. Everett Blankenship later purchased the building. By 1938 through 1943, George B. Phelps resided in the building. The 1943 Polk directory also lists Fred P. Winders as a resident. In 1948, the foundation was re-done with concrete blocks and poured concrete. The roof was re-shingled in 1948. P. B. Stephens purchased the property in September of 1957 for $5800. Just a few months later in November of 1957, Luther J. Bushea bought the house for $7400 and remained as the occupant through 1968. In December of 1957, Fisher Realty was assigned the deed. W. E. Holman resided in the building by 1955 and received the property in April of 1959 in fulfillment of a contract. In December of 1969, Albert Anderson purchased the building for $13,000. The North Rainier Valley consists of a depression created by glaciation between the ridges of Beacon Hill and Mount Baker. The valley derives its name from Mount Rainier because of stunning views of the mountain. The area’s growth followed the early streetcar line, which was completed to Columbia City in 1890. The North Rainier Valley includes the area north of Columbia City and contained many early vegetable farms. Commercial development followed along the streetcar line, with housing built nearby. During the first decades of the 20th century, the area between Massachusetts and Atlantic Streets was home to Seattle’s largest Italian enclave, “Garlic Gulch.” Dugdale Ball Park opened on the corner of Rainier Avenue and McClellan Street in 1913, and was succeeded by Sick’s Stadium in 1938. World War II precipitated a surge in housing development, including the public housing project, Rainier Vista, in 1943. Following the war, the area attracted a mix of African-Americans, Asians, and Filipinos. Today this diverse, low-to-middle income neighborhood is unique within Seattle with its long narrow form focused on the Rainier Avenue transportation corridor.
Built in 1910, this compact vernacular style single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Renton Avenue South on a sloping site 3’ above street level. This 744 square foot, single story house features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 24’ by 31’, with a full width front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shiplap clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof. Broad eave overhangs define the roofline. Wood sash multiple-pane windows with painted wood casings provide day lighting. A direct flight of stairs leads to the front porch. Slender posts carry the extended main roofline sheltering the porch.

Detail for 3811 RENTON AVE / Parcel ID 1624049192 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Shiplap Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
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.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "North Rainier Valley Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 3811 RENTON AVE / Parcel ID 1624049192 / Inv #

Photo taken Dec 08, 2003

Photo taken Dec 08, 2003
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