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Summary for 2017 NW 61ST ST NW / Parcel ID 2767603026 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1905

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.

Alternate Addresses:

2017 (E) CHESTNUT (ST)

2017 W 61ST ST

2017 NW 61ST ST

The quality of this tenant occupied home was considered 'poor' from a very early date. In 1928, it was estimated that the home only had 7 more years of useful time remaining.

Martin and Leta Berg owned the home for a short period of time. The Berg's had rented previously as their careers developed. Martin worked as a confectioner for a period of time while Leta worked as a stenographer at a real estate firm. They both later became real estate agents.

Polk Directory Excerpts:

1928 POLK: 2025 W 61ST ST(?)

1940 POLK: (2017 W 61ST ST) Nilson Marie (wid Scott) h 2017 W 61st

Property Card Excerpts:

PC: Martin A. Berg owned home (09/20/39)

PC: Marie E. Nimms (sp?) owned home (07/21/41)

This ca. 1905 cottage may be one of the neighborhoods Norwegian Bachelor cottages. It has one story and a hipped, almost pyramidal, roof clad in asphalt shingles. The house is rectangular, almost square, in plan. A small, hipped roof supported by brackets on either side extends over the front door and concrete stoop. The door is centered on the front façade and a one-over-one light window is located on either side. The concrete stoop has a thin metal railing and is reached by three concrete steps. One one-over-one light window is located on the visible side of the house. A small chimney is located centrally and visible at the roofline.

Detail for 2017 NW 61ST ST NW / Parcel ID 2767603026 / 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: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 2017 NW 61ST ST NW / Parcel ID 2767603026 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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