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Summary for 2514 30th AVE / Parcel ID 5700000150 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1931
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1931, this building was occupied by Irving and Selma Glassheim by 1938. They purchased the building in March of 1939 and remained through 1943. By 1951 through 1968, Julian Schwartz lived in the house. Beverly Richardson bought the residence in April of 1972 for $23,000. 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 prominent, Tudor Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirtieth Avenue South on a flat site 3’ above street level. This 1304 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 32’ by 40’, with a front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the cross gable roof. The main roof body features a clipped gable roof. Nearly flush gables and eaves, having minimal trim, define the roofline. Wood sash windows provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the front entrance set within a prominent corner turret. A conical roof shelters the turret with decorative stucco and half-timbering below the roofline. A Tudor arched doorway leads to the building interior. A prominent brick gable end chimney services the building. The intact, brick-clad, corner turret and Tudor arched entrance set this building apart as a unique Tudor Revival example within the Mount Baker neighborhood.

Detail for 2514 30th AVE / Parcel ID 5700000150 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Stucco, Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable - Clipped 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: Slight
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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