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Summary for 1511 36th AVE / Parcel ID 1250203925 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor - Transitional Tudor Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1931
Built in 1931, the building was owned and occupied by Forrest E. Mulnix. He added a basement garage in 1931. The contractor was Earl Stacey. Robert J. Erchinger purchased the building in June of 1938 and remained through 1943. By 1955 through 1968, Adolph D. Sholdt lived in the building. 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 1931, this compact transitional Tudor Revival style single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Sixth Avenue South on a sloping site above street level. This 969 square foot, single story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 27’ by 32’, with a small front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the cross gable roof. Flush gables and minimal eave overhangs with rake trim in the gables define the roofline. Multiple- and large-pane windows provide day lighting. A direct flight of stairs flanked by a metal railing leads to the front stoop. A brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 1511 36th AVE / Parcel ID 1250203925 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Brick - Clinker 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 Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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.
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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