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Summary for 3219 NW 60TH ST NW / Parcel ID 1176000285 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1909

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.

There is no Seattle building permit available for this house that was built in 1909.

Nathan Jacoby II lived in the house in 1910 and was joined in 1913 by spouse Dorothy.  It is likely they were the original owners.

By 1916, Wilber and Florence (spouse) Coddington lived in the house.

In 1918 Frank T Humphrey and Minnie (spouse) had taken up residence and stayed until at least 1943.
This two story American Foursquare has a low-pitch hipped roof with slightly flared eaves and two hipped dormers. A partial porch to the left of the front elevation covers the window paneled door and a casement window to its left. A wide window lays to the right of the porch, and two equidistant 1-over-1 windows are situated on the upper floor. Front dormer has two horizontal windows. Side dormer is on the west side elevation close to the front of the house. Side elevations have an array of several windows. Cladding is wood clapboard on all walls. The house sits above the street on a mid-street lot facing north surrounded by a lawn and colorful vegetation. Concrete stairs, flanked by trees lead to the house. A detached garage is accessible through the back alley.  Historical photos suggest the now partial porch used to be a full-width flat roof porch.

Detail for 3219 NW 60TH ST NW / Parcel ID 1176000285 / Inv # 0

Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 3219 NW 60TH ST NW / Parcel ID 1176000285 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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