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Summary for 3208 NW 64TH ST NW / Parcel ID 6908200205 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - 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.

There is no Seattle building permit available for this house that was built in 1908.

Although it is a single family dwelling, a Seattle directory search indicates a large number of people living there during the teens.  It appears that the owners either rented out rooms or actually ran a boarding house.

Andrew J Strum (sometimes spelled Strom) and his spouse Christine are shown living there as early as 1913 and as late as 1934.  I assume they were the owners.

During that period, the following people are listed as residing there: Achsoh J St. George (1912), William and Vera Schultheis (1916, 1917), Florence Clemens (1916), Ima Scharf (1917), R St Jefffrey (1918), C and Mary Guy (1918).

After 1918 the names were only the Strums living there, perhaps indicating they had ceased renting out rooms.


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 house has a square plan and a hipped roof with wide open eaves. Hipped gables are present on each slope. Front dormer houses one square sliding window flanked by two diamond patterned fixed windows. The full-width receded porch has a molding with dentils and three square columns with flutes on the front central portion. Below the porch is the entry door, flanked by one window to the left and a group of three windows to the right. Most of the windows have diamond patterned grilles on the upper sashes. All walls have clapboard cladding. Concrete stairs lead to the house that sits above the street facing south on a next-to-corner lot. Shrubs and other colorful vegetation surround the house and the rocky slope that leads to the house.

Detail for 3208 NW 64TH ST NW / Parcel ID 6908200205 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 3208 NW 64TH ST NW / Parcel ID 6908200205 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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