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Summary for 3621 COURTLAND PL / Parcel ID 9834201300 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1918
Built 1918, this building was owned by Albert E. Henderson. Albert and Dorothy R. Henderson lived across the street in 3620 Courtland Place South from 1919 through 1931. The building underwent a substantial remodel in 1948. By 1961 through 1968, John P. McGivern lived in the house. The North Rainier Valley consists of a depression created by glaciation between the ridges of Beacon Hill and Mount Baker. The valley derives its name from Mount Rainier because of stunning views of the mountain. The area’s growth followed the early streetcar line, which was completed to Columbia City in 1890. The North Rainier Valley includes the area north of Columbia City and contained many early vegetable farms. Commercial development followed along the streetcar line, with housing built nearby. During the first decades of the 20th century, the area between Massachusetts and Atlantic Streets was home to Seattle’s largest Italian enclave, “Garlic Gulch.” Dugdale Ball Park opened on the corner of Rainier Avenue and McClellan Street in 1913, and was succeeded by Sick’s Stadium in 1938. World War II precipitated a surge in housing development, including the public housing project, Rainier Vista, in 1943. Following the war, the area attracted a mix of African-Americans, Asians, and Filipinos. Today this diverse, low-to-middle income neighborhood is unique within Seattle with its long narrow form focused on the Rainier Avenue transportation corridor.
Built in 1918 and extensively remodeled in 1948, this Modern style, single-family dwelling is oriented to South Courtland Place on a level site. This 2376 square foot, single-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 54’ by 44’, with a small front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, shingle-clad superstructure. The building features a flat roof with parapet. Multiple-lite windows provide day lighting. An open carriage direct flight of stairs leads to the flat roofed stoop adjacent to the brick chimney. The unusual style and extent of remodel set this building apart as unique within the neighborhood.

Detail for 3621 COURTLAND PL / Parcel ID 9834201300 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Other
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Extensive
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: 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.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "North Rainier Valley Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 3621 COURTLAND PL / Parcel ID 9834201300 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 13, 2003

Photo taken Nov 13, 2003
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