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Summary for 3126 37th PL / Parcel ID 5700002785 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1909
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1909 at a cost of $2900, this building was designed by the Seattle architecture firm of Knipe & West. D. James owned the building. In 1917, the building was owned by M. Alexander, who hired contractor, H. D. Garland, to build a one-story addition over the back porch. Edna May Playter purchased the building in March of 1936. Ca 1937, John D. Corkille moved into the building and resided there through 1938. By 1943, Carroll J. Shoe lived in the house, followed by James A. Meiklejohn by 1954 through 1961. Walter Williams bought the building in May of 1965 for $14,500 and remained in the house through 1968. Robert L. Rodin purchased the residence in March of 1972 for $22,500. 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 1909, this Arts and Crafts style single-family dwelling stands on a square lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Seventh Place South on a flat site 5’-7’ above street level. This 896 square foot, one-and-one-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 28’ by 32’, with a 5’ by 14’ porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the gable roof. Broad eaves and a triple gable dormer define the roofline. The gable ends are detailed with timber in a triangular shape with vertical members. The windows consist of diamond-shaped panes over one pane. The entrance is located off to one side of a front porch with a recessed area for the front door. A side chimney services this house.

Detail for 3126 37th PL / Parcel ID 5700002785 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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 3126 37th PL / Parcel ID 5700002785 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 04, 2003

Photo taken Nov 04, 2003

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