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Summary for 1531 NW 62ND ST NW / Parcel ID 2767602165 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Queen Anne, Vernacular Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1907

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.

This one and half story cottage was built in 1907 according to King County Office of Assessor. William R Wayne owned this house from 1932-1958 and appeared to use it as a rental property.

Renters of the house include  Esther Nurmi in 1938-1939, Verner Day in 1941, Agnes Aalbu in 1949, Dorothy Tobin in 1970, and Christine Cooke in 1972.

In 1962, Hans Husby took over ownership and Reider Gurali and his wife became the owner in 1972. By 1997,  Lisa Robbins and Julie Overbaugh owned the house. Between 1999-2006, Scott Hoskin owned the house.


Polk City Directories

Seattle City Permits

King County Department of Assessments

Puget Sound Regional Archives
This cross-gabled 1-1/2 story house is a modest dwelling that exhibits influence of the Queen Anne style, but executed with simple materials and forms. The texture of the front gable is achieved by small coursed wood shingles in contrast with the larger shingles that make up the general cladding of the house. Entry is on the left side of the front façade through a partial porch underneath the side gable. The two columns that support the porch have simple triangular brackets. Front door is situated on the middle of a projecting bay flanked by windows on each side. Windows are 1-over-1 single sash windows, except for one paneled window on the first story next to the porch. House is situated on a mid-street lot facing north surrounded by a garden with three prominent trees.

Detail for 1531 NW 62ND ST NW / Parcel ID 2767602165 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 1531 NW 62ND ST NW / Parcel ID 2767602165 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900
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