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Summary for 2817 NW 69TH ST NW / Parcel ID 369390-0625 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1908

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.

This house was built under City of Seattle building permit #70061, issued in 1908.

There is almost no information on the permit and what is there is difficult to decipher.

The owner is possibly named Jennings.

As of 1915-1916, the Rudolphs, consisting of Nicholas, Anna (spouse) and Zena lived in the house.


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.


This 1-1/2 story Craftsman has a rectangular plan and a side-gabled roof with wide shed dormers.

Triangular knee braces are present on dormers and roofs. Gables have decorative stickwork on the top

on both sides. A full-width receded porch has square columns above brick piers and a solid railing. Wide

wood steps lead to the paneled front door on the right. Two slender rectangular paned windows flank

the door. To the left of the door is a group of four vertical casement windows with rectangular grilles on

the top. Front dormer has a group of five sash windows with rectangular grilles on the upper sash. Wall

cladding is horizontal composite wood. A tall brick exterior chimney is on the east elevation. The house is situated

on a mid-street lot facing north surrounded by a lawn and foundation shrubs. A concrete driveway on

the east leads to a detached garage at the rear.

Detail for 2817 NW 69TH ST NW / Parcel ID 369390-0625 / Inv # 0

Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): 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):
Changes to Original Cladding: Extensive
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 2817 NW 69TH ST NW / Parcel ID 369390-0625 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900
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