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Summary for 3724 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 8121101105 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts, Tudor, Vernacular Neighborhood: Mount Baker
Built By: Year Built: 1914
Built in 1914, this building was owned by Dr. William R. Duncan by 1928 when he altered the kitchen and constructed a breakfast room addition. James F. and Marie H. Pollard resided in the house by 1931 and purchased the building in October of 1932. The Pollard’s remained in the building through 1940. Mr. Pollard was general manager at the Seattle Gas Company. In 1935, Mr. Pollard hired H. A. West, a contractor, to enlarge the existing one car garage to a two car garage. Arthur C. Crookall lived in the house by 1943. William R. Duncan purchased the building in September 1949 for $17,000 and remained through 1955. The 1961 Polk directory lists the building as vacant. William J. McAllister bought the building January of 1962 for $38,000 and remained 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 1914, this substantial, Tudor Revival-influenced, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular lot. The building is oriented to Cascadia Avenue South on a sloping site 6’ below street level. This 1373 square foot, two-story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 30’ by 44’, with a 7’ by 8’ recessed front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick- and stucco-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the twin side gables and dual front gable wing. Broad overhanging eaves and gables with prominent bargeboards define the roofline. Wood sash windows with vertical muntins provide day lighting. A peaked roof with flared edges supported on small brackets shelters the main entrance. A brick chimney services the building. The window detailing, cladding and entrance configuration set this building apart as a unique stylistic variant within the neighborhood.

Detail for 3724 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 8121101105 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Brick - Common Bond Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, Varied roof lines Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Slight
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 3724 CASCADIA AVE / Parcel ID 8121101105 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 12, 2003

Photo taken Nov 12, 2003

Photo taken Nov 12, 2003
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