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Summary for 4535 RAINIER AVE / Parcel ID 1709900060 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts, Other Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1908
Built in 1908, this building was purchased by Narcissa A. Pemberton in June of 1926. Mrs. Pemberton remained in the building through 1940. Mrs. Pemberton was the widow of John P. Pemberton. Lonnie F. Richardson lived in the building by 1943. In 1946, the building received an addition. Martin and Naomi Berger bought the building in December of 1961 for $8100 and remained through 1968. 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 1908, this compact, Arts & Crafts style, single-family dwelling is oriented to Rainier Avenue South on a flat site at street level. This 864 square foot, single-story house with a full daylight basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 24’ by 36’, with a full width front porch. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the hip roof and front facing dormer. Flared open eaves with exposed rafters define the roofline. Wood sash windows provide day lighting. Four Classically-influenced columns support the extended roofline over the front porch. A low, open railing extends between the columns. A brick chimney services the building. The flared eaves and front porch detailing set this building apart as an important stylistic example within the North Rainier Valley neighborhood.

Detail for 4535 RAINIER AVE / Parcel ID 1709900060 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Block, Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
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.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "North Rainier Valley Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 4535 RAINIER AVE / Parcel ID 1709900060 / Inv #

Photo taken Nov 17, 2003
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