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Summary for 2006 NW 65TH ST NW / Parcel ID 751850-5195 / Inv # 0

Style: Gothic, Vernacular Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1928

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.

The current Ballard First Lutheran Church, at the corner of 20th NW and NW 65th, was

originally built by the Bethany Norwegian Church in 1928.  The property appears to have been

owned by the church as early as 1909.  The contractor recorded on the 1927 side sewer card for

the church building is  John Manninen; the same contractor who would build most of the

Mench houses 12-15 years later.  As listed on the side sewer cards, the church property is

comprised of several addresses  on NW 65th & 20th NW encompassing the brick church,

Sunday school building , parking lot and parsonage.  The Bethany Norwegian Church name

changed to Ballard First Lutheran Church in the 1940s or 1950s.

The Seattle Polks Directory listed the church pastor by name -- Rev Arnold F. Anderson (1953),

Rev Burton W. Smith (1957-61) -- until 1963 when the entry became simply Ballard First

Lutheran Church.


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 church at this property was constructed in 1928. It sits on a concrete foundation, is clad in red brick

with buff accents, and has a front gabled roof. A distinctive tower with inlaid pilasters, small embellished

windows, and a parapet dominates the building. A large window on the front façade has been replaced.

A large double-door wood entry is sheltered by a newer glass awning. At the rear of the property is a

large embellished window typically seen on churches of this era. Its wood detailing appears to be


Although much of the front façade has been altered, this building retains many original details, and

exhibits a moderate level of integrity.

Detail for 2006 NW 65TH ST NW / Parcel ID 751850-5195 / Inv # 0

Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Stone, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Religion - Religious facility Plan: L-Shape
Structural System: Brick No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 2006 NW 65TH ST NW / Parcel ID 751850-5195 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900
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