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Summary for 3625 RENTON AVE / Parcel ID 1624049043 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1906
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1906, the building is listed in Polk directories as vacant in 1941. During the next twenty plus years, the building underwent a change in occupancy nearly every two years. Polk directories showed Marilynne Lynch as residing in the building in 1949, followed by Pauline Aldo by 1953, Leonard G. Cramblit by 1955, Howard E. Barr by 1957, and Robert Watson and Mable Jaeger by 1959. By 1962, Claude Harmon lived in the house, followed by Larry L. Thompson by 1964, then John H. Jones by 1966, Ronald McAddo by 1968 and Barbara Williams in 1970. 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. Notes from Greg Lange Survey done 04/27/2002: 16-24-04 Tax lot 43. Rear porch enclosed. Double-hung windows replaced in original surrounds.
Built in 1906, this vertically-massed, Vernacular style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Renton Avenue South with substantial setback from the street. This 646 square foot, two-story house with a half daylight basement features a T-shaped plan, measuring approximately 26’ by 36’, with an 8’ by 5’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gable roof. Minimal eave overhangs with a restrained fascia define the roofline. Wood sash 1:1 windows, symmetrically arranged, provide day lighting. Windows feature painted wood casings. A direct flight of stairs lead to the gable roofed front stoop. Boxed columns support the roof. Open, contemporary railings flank the stoop.

Detail for 3625 RENTON AVE / Parcel ID 1624049043 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: T-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: 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 3625 RENTON AVE / Parcel ID 1624049043 / Inv #

Photo taken Mar 12, 2004

Photo taken Mar 12, 2004

Photo taken Apr 27, 2002
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