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Summary for 3224 NW 61ST ST NW / Parcel ID 3096000025 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Craftsman Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1915

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. 

Ferdinand A. Christensen was a General Practice Physician with an office at 5300 Ballard Ave.

Born in Missouri to a father born in Norway, and a mother born in Wisconsin.  Dr. Christensen owned the home, free of a mortgage.  According to the 1920 US Census, the family consisted of Ferdinand A. Christensen, 52, his wife Ida B., 45, children Valberg A., 17, and Ferdinand (Jr.?), 14.  Ferdinand A. Christensen's obituary in the Seattle Times is dated July 3, 1926.  

    The Department of Building and Planning's Side Sewer Card states:  Permit & Plat# A-7213 issued 5/27/1921 Inspected 6/3/1921 Owner:  Dr. Christenson (sic) Contractor: G. A. Nilson


    Margt. C. Riddle is listed as a renter/roomer in the 1923 City Directory.  

    The Vital Statistics page of the Seattle Times, March of 1942, announces "Notice of Intent to Wed:  Dean A. Riddle, 22, 3224 W 61st ST and Katherine Balser, 22, 5330 Creston ST".

    The Polk Directories for 1938, 1940, and 1943-1944 list Mrs. Ida B. Christensen as the owner/occupant.

    January 7, 1951 Enard L. Rosen, 3224 W 61st ST, Air Force Reservist is called to active duty.

    1951 & 1953 Polk Directories:  Enard Rosen.  The '53 entry lists Enard as the owner/occupant.

    1959 & 1965 Polk Directories:  Owner/occupants Enard Rosen (Mildred I) Wireman Bowie Elec

    Mildred I Rosen sold the home January 9, 1990 to Todd C Sanchez and Kathy M. Pendras,

    October 6, 2003 Todd Sanchez and Kathy Pendras sold to Pamela and Thomas Kilborn-Miller.

    Note:  The history of 3224 W 61st ST, including it's use as a private sanitarium for TB patients,  was written up when the home was featured in the Ballard Historical Society's Home Tour.


Constructed in 1915, this two-story single family home sits on a concrete foundation, is clad with stucco veneer on the first floor and variated wood shingles on the second floor. The house has an asphalt-clad side-gabled roof with two distinctive gabled dormers on the second story of the front façade. The front (south) façade is symmetrically arranged with a central projecting gabled entry flanked by two two-story gabled wings. The original house featured a small recessed second-story porch above the entry bay. Many original leaded wood sash windows remain on the second story and secondary facades.

Interior features include oak floors with basket weave corner detailing, and original light fixtures, door knobs, and radiators.

With its naturalistic materials, gabled rooflines, and exposed rafters and knee braces, this house is Craftsman in style, but its size and ornate details make this a rare example of residential housing stock in Ballard. It is on a double lot and the property includes mature fruit trees and a double carriage house, also built in 1915.

It appears that this house has not been significantly altered, and it retains most aspects of integrity.

Detail for 3224 NW 61ST ST NW / Parcel ID 3096000025 / Inv # 0

Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Stucco, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan:
Structural System: No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 3224 NW 61ST ST NW / Parcel ID 3096000025 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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