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Summary for 3125 37TH AVE / Parcel ID 5700002790 / 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, this building was purchased by Charles C. and Evelyn K. Turner in July of 1923. Mr. Turner was a dentist with an office in the Cobb Building in downtown Seattle. The Turner’s remained in the building through 1958. A. R. Thompson bought the property in June of 1960 for $15,750. Vincent F. Julians purchased the building in November of 1964 for $17,500, and it was sold to Thomas V. F. August in 1970 for $24,500. 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 Avenue South on a flat site 5-6’ above street level. This 1204 square foot, two and one half story house with a 90% daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 40’ by 32’, with a 9’ by 26’ porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, stucco- and wood clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hipped roof. The two main levels include leaded glass windows with the most elaborate detailing on the lower level. Square piers with decorative detailing at the capitals support the porch. The front door is flanked by side lights. A bay window is located on the second story over the front porch.

Detail for 3125 37TH AVE / Parcel ID 5700002790 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
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.
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."

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Photo taken Nov 04, 2003
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