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Summary for 3232 37th PL / Parcel ID 9834700070 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1931
Built in 1931 at a cost of $3000, this building was owned by Thomas and Florence Taylor. The Taylor’s also built and owned 3236 Thirty-Seventh Place South. By 1938, Jerome M. Pearl resided in the building. Robert L. G. bought the building in June of 1941. By 1943, Nick A. Sokolich lived in the building, followed by Abr Lebow by 1951 through 1955. The property was sold to Benjamin Sugawaka in March of 1959 for $12,500. Mr. Sugawaka remained in the house until Charles Thompson bought the building in July of 1968 for $17,500. 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 1931, this compact, Tudor-Revival style, single-family cottage is oriented to Thirty-Seventh Place South on a flat site 6’ above street level. This 963 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 33’ by 28’, with a small centrally placed front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle-clad superstructure. Stucco and half-timbering highlight the upper gable end above the half story windows. Asphalt composition roofing covers the front facing gable roof and shed roof dormer. Flush gables with slight eave overhangs having exposed rafters define the roofline. Wood sash single pane first story windows with smaller half story windows provide day lighting. A sidewall brick chimney services the building. This building is a mirror image of the immediately adjacent building.

Detail for 3232 37th PL / Parcel ID 9834700070 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Stucco 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."

Photo collection for 3232 37th PL / Parcel ID 9834700070 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003

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