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Summary for 2506 Shoreland DR / Parcel ID 5700500184 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Dutch Colonial Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1916
Built 1916, this property was purchased by William O. and Florence M. Peterson in 1917. Mr. Peterson was a partner in Peterson and Buck, general agents for the Mutual Life Insurance Company. The Peterson’s resided in the building through 1968. 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 1916, this substantial, Dutch Colonial Revival-influenced, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to views over Lake Washington on a sloped site. This 1496 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 44’ by 34’, with a 6’ by 8’ recessed front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, horizontal wood siding-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gambrel roof. Overhanging eaves with boxed soffits and eave returns coupled with flush gable ends with decorative trim define the roofline. Twin front gable dormers with eave returns project on the west front-facing roof slope. Wood sash 6:1 windows provide day lighting with round arched fanlight windows in the gable ends above a pair of double hung windows. A concrete path leads to the recessed entrance stoop. A Classically-influenced corner column supports the extended roofline sheltering the stoop. A low, open railing extends along the south side of the stoop. A substantial sun porch extends off the building’s west side. Brick chimneys service the building.

Detail for 2506 Shoreland DR / Parcel ID 5700500184 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gambrel Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories:
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."

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