Photo by Zachariah Bryan
The old "Swanson House" will be physically moved over to the edge of the property to make room for two more houses.

Historic house being physically moved to subdivide property lot

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, a little before noon (so we're told by the construction workers) you can witness an entire house being moved. It sits on the corner of the 36th Ave NW and NW 64th St (3447 N.W. 64th St).

See that wide open hole in the ground next to the house? That's where the house is going. In the empty space leftover, two more houses will be built, effectively squashing three houses into what has been a one-house affair.

It's a sign of the current state of development. The new owners of the house, which sits on a three-lot property, can't afford it without subdividing the lots. So what else is there to do other than move the whole darn thing?

The previous owner, Stephanie Marcelynas, said she had many single families interested in the house, but nobody could come up with the financing to pay for the whole property. Marcelynas did say that the new owners were very nice and that they felt bad that they had to move the house for their financial purposes.

The house itself has history. It's the old "Swanson House," one reader said, a photo of which has been on display at the Museum of History and Industry and was a subject one year of the historic Ballard House tour. From what we're told, it is the original house that was built on the intersection back in the 1930s, which was a stop on the Ballard Beach trolley line.

We'll update this story more with photos and quotes. In the meantime, check out the house moving yourself tomorrow, Feb. 16, before noon!

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