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Summary for 3302 S GENESEE ST S / Parcel ID 1604601135 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts, Colonial - Colonial Revival Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1906
Built in 1906, this building was purchased by Ernest and Anna Matilda Johnson in March of 1911. The building underwent a remodel in 1932. The Johnson’s remained in the building through 1943. Masakatsu Tsuchikawa lived in the building by 1955. Shake shingles were added in 1957. Marvin D. Howe lived in the building by 1961 through 1965. Leon Ward purchased the building in January of 1968 for $15,750. 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 1906, this modest, Colonial Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a nearly square lot. The building is oriented to South Genessee Street and the level site is set at grade. This 960 square foot, single-story house with a three-quarter basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 24’ by 40’, with a 6’ by 7’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard and shingle (stoop gable end) clad superstructure. Corner boards highlight the building corners. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gable roof. Open gable and eave overhangs with exposed rafters, purlins, diagonal braces and bargeboards define the roofline. Symmetrically placed wood sash 6:1 double hung windows with painted wood casings provide day lighting. Slender, Classically-influenced columns support the gable roofed front stoop. Low enclosed railings wrap the stoop.

Detail for 3302 S GENESEE ST S / Parcel ID 1604601135 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable 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 Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: 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.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "North Rainier Valley Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 3302 S GENESEE ST S / Parcel ID 1604601135 / Inv #

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Photo taken Dec 12, 2003

Photo taken Dec 12, 2003
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