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Summary for 3323 NW 71ST NW / Parcel ID 808190-0035 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1931

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.


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.

Although built in 1931 the first owner of record of this house is Chester B. Walling in 1936, and the house was in the family through 1999 until its sale to present owner Mark Tonelli and Clancy Kelly.

Mr. Walling was from Minnesota and arrived in Seattle by way of Portland in 1910. He then served in World War I. He married Mathilda Asmervig, who lived along with three sisters, at 3242 W. 65th (later NW 65th). Mathilda’s parents were from Norway and Sweden respectively. Chester worked Stone & Webster as a Streetcar Motorman and then for Seattle Transit System for 46 years, retiring in 1956. He died in 1966 leaving just his wife Mathilda. In 1995 the house passed to her sister Mrs. Eugenia Woo, who in turn sold it to the current owners.

Constructed in 1931, this 1.5 story Tudor Revival-style single-family house is largely rectangular in plan,

sits on a concrete foundation, is clad with brick veneer and half-timbered stucco, and features an

asphalt-clad steeply cross-gabled roof. Notable original features include an ornate oriel window with a

copper roof, wire-cut bricks with pink mortar, and fixed pane and casement leaded glass windows. The

front door is solid wood with turned mullions. A shed dormer with a pair of 21-light casement windows

is placed at the apex of the two cross gables. Interior features include plaster walls with coved ceilings,

mahogany inlaid oak floors, and original glass doorknobs. A large exterior capped chimney with inlaid

brick detail dominates the secondary façade.

One set of windows in the living room on a secondary façade have been replaced with French doors.

Otherwise, the house has been altered very little and retains most aspects of integrity.

Detail for 3323 NW 71ST NW / Parcel ID 808190-0035 / Inv # 0

Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Stucco 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: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 3323 NW 71ST NW / Parcel ID 808190-0035 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900
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