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Summary for 3212 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700004025 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Rustic Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1918
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1918, this building was constructed after Alfred E. and Edith M. Schneider purchased the property in October of 1917. The Schneider’s hired S. Schultz to build the residence. Mr. Schneider ran Schneider Art Galleries located at 419-421 Union. In 1922, the Schneider’s altered the front entrance, enclosing the porch to provide a sun porch. By 1938 through 1951, Alfred A. Carvill lived in the building. Mr. Carvill resided previously at 3227 Thirty-Seventh Place South. 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 1918, this Rustic-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling stands on an irregular shaped lot. The building is oriented to Cascadia Avenue South on a steeply sloping site 5’ below street level. This 2002 square foot, single-story house with a half daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 70’ by 33’, with a recessed porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the cross gable roof. Wood sash windows provide day lighting. A brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 3212 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700004025 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Other
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
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 3212 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 5700004025 / Inv #

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Photo taken Oct 31, 2003
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