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Summary for 3311 NW 71ST ST NW / Parcel ID 808190-0041 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Italian - Italian Renaissance Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1926

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.

Single family, italianette. Built in 1926.

Norwegian born Jens J. Jensen and his wife Marie built and resided in this house until at least

1941. As of 1939 Jens was the Vice President of Oceanic Fisheries Co. Inc., and remained in this

position until at least 1941.

The home value at 1930 was approximately $9,000. The house was up for sale for $194,000

("...priced way below appraisals"), according to a June 24, 1984 Seattle Daily Times



• 1928 Directories

• Seattle Daily Times Permit Request (October, 28 1926)

• 1930 Census

• 1940 Census

• Seattle Daily Times Home for Sale

Supplemental Information:

• 3 Archival Photos

• Plat Map 1907

• Sewer Card


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.


Constructed in 1926, this two-story Italian Renaissance Revival-style single-family house is rectangular in

plan. It sits on a poured concrete foundation, is clad in stucco veneer, and has a gently pitched side-

gabled tiled roof. The house features a symmetrical front façade, whose slightly recessed entry is

centrally placed and accessed by poured in place concrete steps, sheltered by a tiled roof. Sidelights

flanks the wood front door.  

The first and second stories are divided by a string course. Front façade windows are presented in

groups of three, and are multi-paned leaded glass, with decorative round topped accent windows.

Wrought iron gates are placed in front of the first floor windows and the centered second story


A large capped stucco-clad exterior chimney is affixed to the west façade.

Detail for 3311 NW 71ST ST NW / Parcel ID 808190-0041 / Inv # 0

Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Clay Tile
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 3311 NW 71ST ST NW / Parcel ID 808190-0041 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900
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