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Summary for 2515 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000710 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1911
Built in 1911, this building was constructed by J. L. Fulton at a cost of $2500. Clarence H. James, listed at 722 Madison Street, owned the building. By 1915, G. C. Henriot owned the building and contracted with A. Nelson to construct a concrete retaining wall and garage. Alfred L. and Martha B. Sedgwick moved into the residence ca 1923. Mr. Sedgwick worked as an assistant to the real estate agent for the Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul & Pacific Railroad Company. Ernest S. Judd purchased the building in June of 1938. Mrs. Mary E. Wooster also lived in the building. By 1954 through 1958, Ray Barrow lived in the house. In December of 1966, the building was sold for $17,000. 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 1911, this compact, Arts & Crafts style, single-family bungalow stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Thirty-Second Avenue South on a flat site 3’ above street level. This 1290 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 43’ by 30’, with a full width front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, contemporary aluminum siding-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gable roof and gable dormer. Modest eave and gable overhangs with exposed rafters and bargeboards define the roofline. Wood windows with multiple-pane sash provide day lighting. A short flight of stairs leads to the front porch. Wood posts with diagonal bracing support the extended roofline over the porch. A low solid railing wraps the porch. An exterior gable end brick chimney services the building. The broad porch and diagonal bracing set this building apart as distinct within the Mount Baker neighborhood.

Detail for 2515 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000710 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable 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: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Moderate
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 2515 32nd AVE / Parcel ID 5700000710 / Inv #

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Photo taken Nov 05, 2003

Photo taken Nov 05, 2003
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