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Summary for 2503 30th AVE / Parcel ID 0003600075 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Modern, Tudor - Cottage Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1947
Built 1947, this building was designed by Seattle architect, Donald Roberts. Gill A. Centioli lived in the house by 1955. By 1961 through 1968, Yick Y. Lee lived in the house. 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.
Built in 1947, this compact, Tudor Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular corner lot. The building is oriented to Thirtieth Avenue South on a sloped site above street level. This 1567 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full basement features an L-shaped plan, measuring approximately 50’ by 47’, with a small front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick- and clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the cross gable roof. Flush gables and eaves with rake trim define the roofline. Wood sash multiple-pane windows provide day lighting. A metal railing flanks the stoop. An internal brick chimney services the building. This building is a good example of 1940s infill in the North Rainier Valley.

Detail for 2503 30th AVE / Parcel ID 0003600075 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick - Roman Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Barrel Vault Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
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.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "North Rainier Valley Historic Context Statement."

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