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Summary for 2711 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000630 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Craftsman Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1907
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1907, this building was owned by 1919 by S. H. Todd, who constructed a garage on the lot. Florence A. Goldsmith purchased the building in March of 1935. By 1943, William C. DeLand lived in the building, followed by Edward R. Lane by 1954. Winifred Lane purchased the building in March of 1957 for $6325. In July of 1966, Edmund D. Hill purchased the building for $15,950. 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 1907, this substantial, Craftsman-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Second Avenue South on a flat site 3’ above street level. This 864 square foot, two-story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 24’ by 36’, with a 12’ by 8’ front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shiplap-clad superstructure. A broad belt course defines the transition between the first and second stories. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof and dormers. Broad eave overhangs with exposed rafters define the roofline. Double hung 1:1 wood sash windows provide day lighting. Bay windows project from the front corner and side facade. A short flight of stairs leads to the front stoop. Piers carry a hipped stoop roof. The broad eave projections on the main roof, dormers, stoop roof and bay window roofs, combined with the prominent belt course, set this building apart as distinct within the Mount Baker neighborhood.

Detail for 2711 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000630 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Shiplap Foundation(s): Concrete - Block
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan:
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
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 2711 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000630 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003
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