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Summary for 2853 33rd AVE / Parcel ID 5700001185 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1913
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1913 at a cost of $2000, this building was owned by 1918 by A. D. Price, who constructed a garage that same year. In March of 1921, Richard H. and Lena Diers purchased the building. The Diers’ resided previously at 2858 33rd Avenue South. By 1954, Earl E. Fisher lived in the building, followed by Rodney W. Ducken by 1958. In February of 1962, Gerald P. Farrell purchased the building for $14,000, and in April of 1972, Samuel Moore purchased the building for $20,000. 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 1913, this American Foursquare style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Third Avenue South on a flat site 4’ above street level. This 780 square foot, two-story house with a full daylight basement features a nearly square plan, measuring approximately 30’ by 26’, with a 12’ by 4’ front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, concrete/asbestos shingle-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof and hipped roof front dormer. Eave and gable overhangs with exposed rafters define the roofline. Wood sash 1:1 windows with multiple-pane first story windows provide day lighting. A direct flight of stairs leads to the front porch. Paired piers on a low, solid railing carry the porch roof. An upper balcony with a low railing services the second story. This building is a good example of an American Foursquare style building within the Mount Baker neighborhood.

Detail for 2853 33rd AVE / Parcel ID 5700001185 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle - Concrete/Asbestos Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Slight
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."

Photo collection for 2853 33rd AVE / Parcel ID 5700001185 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003
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