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Summary for 3111 NW 80TH ST NW / Parcel ID 792760-0006 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Swiss Chalet Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1914

Residential Ballard is generally described as extending from the 8th Avenue NW to the east and the bluff to the west, and from NW 85th Street on the north to NW 65th Street to the south. The area primarily contains single family houses, but also includes a collection of mutli-family dwellings, commercial buildings, schools, churches, and other buildings. Most of the historic buildings in Ballard are modest cottages and builder's houses, and were not architect-designed. Building styles include, but are not limited to, Victorian (primarily Queen Anne), vernacular, Craftsman, American Foursquare, Colonial Revival (including variations), Tudor Revival, Minimal Traditional, and Ranch. The historic building fabric of Ballard is threatened by a rapid pace of development.

The City of Ballard was incorporated in 1890. It was the first community to incorporate after Washington achieved statehood in 1889. Although population increased rapidly, north Ballard was still relatively rural. In 1907, primarily due to lack of adequate water for its population of 15,000, Ballard citizens voted to be annexed to Seattle to ensure a good water supply for the area.

After annexation Ballard’s street names were changed to conform to Seattle’s: Ship Street turned into 65th Street, Main Street became 15th Avenue.  During the Great Depression and World War II, construction in Ballard nearly ground to a halt, with the exception of some houses built by Earl F. Mench. However, following World War II, fueled by the G.I. bill and the rise of the automobile, Ballard boomed again, and new housing followed. In recent years, the demand for new housing has spurred a tremendous amount of change in Ballard, with old, modest houses being replaced by large box houses and multi-family units. These changes threaten to alter the character and feeling of this historic neighborhood.

Alfred (carpenter), Margaret, Harold, Daniel and Daisy Johnson resided there from 1926-1940.

Alice Lehman was a resident in 1953.

Axel and Carolina Holman lived there from 1955-1959 and possibly later.

Purchased by Michael and Beth McGinley 1984.


Ballard Historical Society Classic Home Tour guides.

Crowley, Walt. Seattle Neighborhoods: Ballard--Thumbnail History.  HistoryLink File # 983, accessed 6/1/16.

King County Tax Assessor Records, 1937-2014.  

McAlester, Virginia Savage.

A Field Guide to American Houses (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Alfred A> Knopf Press, 2013.

Oschsner, Jeffrey Karl

Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. Seattle, WA: University of

Washington Press, 1994.

Passport to Ballard: The Centennial Story. Seattle, WA: Ballard News Tribune, 1988.


The house at 3111 NW 79th Street was built in 1916 in the Craftsman style with echoes of Tudor in its

half-timbered detailing at the attic level. It is a one and one half story brick home, side-gabled with a

large front-facing dormer. Across the front is a full façade width porch supported by two massive square

columns atop flared brick pier supports. Centrally placed brick and concrete steps lead to the front

porch. The front porch is asymmetrically located on the front façade, flanked by a pair of double-hung

windows on each side. Smaller divided lite windows feature at the basement level, and two pairs of

double-hung windows are symmetrically located on the dormer façade which is heavily detailed with

vertical timbers, in-between which is stucco (or plain board—difficult to tell). Porch trim features a trim

board across the front and sides that is curved and slightly arched. Both side facades have pop-outs. One

side’s pop-out is very shallow featuring a double window with its own small gable roof. An elaborate

trim surrounds all sides of this window; extending far below into a panel of “x’s” and “o’s” reminiscent

of Tudor and Gothic detailing. This same “x’s and o’s” feature extends to the railing on a rear porch. The

other pop-out is larger and features a triple window, also with half-timbers but minus the “x’s and o’s”

trim. Other detailing includes chamfered “points” on the side of each porch column near the top, simple

knee braces, and decorative brickwork above the basement windows.

Detail for 3111 NW 80TH ST NW / Parcel ID 792760-0006 / Inv # 0

Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Stucco, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s):
: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 3111 NW 80TH ST NW / Parcel ID 792760-0006 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900
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