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Summary for 4527 RAINIER AVE / Parcel ID 1709900045 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1907
Built in 1907, this building was owned by Charles McCann by 1924, when he remodeled the roof to add dormers. H. L. Waldy was the roof contractor. Ca 1925, Mr. McCann added a garage. Danny H. Dantzler lived in the building by 1938. J. A. Stevenson purchased the building in March of 1940. Isabel Raymond lived in the building by 1940. Grace Buchanan lived in the house by 1943. The building interior underwent a remodel in 1945. The Herbert Storey Realty Company occupied the building by 1955. By 1961 through 1965, Seafair Reality occupied the building. By 1968, the Polk directory lists the building occupant as the Institute of Hypnological Research. 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 1907, this substantial, Colonial Revival-influenced, single-family dwelling is oriented to Rainier Avenue South on a flat site at street level. This 572 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 22’ by 26’, with a small recessed front corner stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, composition shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition-roofing covers the front gable roof and shed roof dormer. Boxed eaves and gables define the roofline with exposed rafters on the shed roof dormer. Wood sash 1:1 double hung windows provide day lighting. An open railing wraps the recessed stoop with a single post supporting the upper story. A single story commercial building built in 1951 stands directly in front of the residence. The commercial building features wood siding over a wood frame. Large, single pane display windows provide day lighting. A shed roof covers the structure. These two buildings are jointly significant in their conveyance of early commercial development along the streetcar line.

Detail for 4527 RAINIER AVE / Parcel ID 1709900045 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Other, 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 & ½
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 4527 RAINIER AVE / Parcel ID 1709900045 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 17, 2003

Photo taken Nov 17, 2003
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