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Summary for 5301 BALLARD AVE / Parcel ID 276770-2541 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Ballard Savings & Loan Association Common Name:
Style: Beaux Arts - Neoclassical Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1914


Constructed 1914, the Ballard Saving & Loan Building is one of the most architecturally important and significant historic buildings within the Ballard Avenue Landmark District. The Ballard Avenue Landmark District encompasses a particularly well preserved section of one of several successful small towns that flourished around the perimeter of Seattle in the late nineteenth century and would be subsequently incorporated into the metropolis. Ballard Avenue is lined with an intact collection of modest scale commercial buildings that reflect the development of the community’s main commercial street between 1890 and 1930. The character of this distinctive historic streetscape was primarily preserved because it was by-passed by Post-War era development that instead occurred along modern arterials - Market Street and 15th Avenue, to the north and east. In 1976, the Ballard Avenue Landmark District was formally designated a local historic district by the City of Seattle and was also listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Ballard Avenue Historic District).

This historic property is directly associated with the post annexation era of commercial and industrial development (1908-1930) when after the annexation of Ballard to Seattle, substantial construction continued to occur along Ballard Avenue and it remained the commercial center of the community. However, commercial development occurred at a slower pace and was more concentrated near NW Market Street. Three distinctive reinforced concrete buildings were built early in this period; the Hyde & Fitzgerald Building (aka Eagles Building, 1908), the O’Donnell Hotel Building (1909) and the Ballard Savings & Loan Building (1914). Gradually new construction and business activity became much more concentrated near Market Street.

During this era Ballard, and Seattle as a whole, became more auto-oriented and associated businesses, including a Ford showroom, were established on Ballard Avenue. The streetscape changed significantly after 1916 when prohibition was instituted and long-established local saloons were converted to tobacco, candy, ice cream and soft drink businesses. The 5-year long construction and the completion of the nearby Hiram Chittenden Locks and the Lake Washington Ship Canal in 1916 also spurred major changes within the local community and increased industrial and commercial fishing activity. Prior to the construction of the locks, barges and ships could only dock at Salmon Bay during high tide, whereas after the construction the waterway remained at a much more constant lake level, which was conducive for shipping and product distribution purposes. The creation of the ship canal also required the construction of a new Ballard Bridge (1918) and spurred associated road improvement and paving projects. With traffic revisions and roadway improvements, Market Street (formerly Broadway Street) began to be developed as the principal commercial thoroughfare. In 1927-28, the completion of the massive Ballard Building established Market Street as the modern commercial center in Ballard. However, numerous distinctive commercial buildings continued to be built along Ballard Avenue up until the onset of the Depression era.


Efforts to identify an architect and/or builder associated with the design of this distinctive building have been unsuccessful. It is believed to have been built in 1914 for Ballard Savings & Loan. Historically the frieze along the width of the façade was inscribed with “Ballard Savings & Loan.” Tax records indicate an addition was made in 1915; however by 1937 it was still only three bays deep along the Vernon Place elevation. By 1937, it continued to function as Ballard Federal Savings & Loan Association and appears to have been in that use until c.1941 when the building was purchased by Gustaf A. Lindauer, an established Ballard jeweler and businessman. The building subsequently served various retail and commercial purposes including as a shoe repair shop and a hair salon.


Pheasant-Albright, Julie D. Early Ballard (Images of America), Arcadia Publishing, 2007.

----------. Passport to Ballard, Ballard News Tribune, 1988.

Property Record Cards (1937-1972). Washington State Regional Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue, WA.

“Ballard Avenue Historic District” National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form (Prepared by Elisabeth Walton Potter, OAHP, April 1976.)

Baist’s Real Estate Atlas of Surveys of Seattle, Wash. Philadelphia: W.G. Baist, 1912.

Sanborn Insurance Maps, 1884-1951. Digital versions available via Seattle Public Library -

One story. Temple front façade. Reinforced concrete/cast stone structure with foundation. Clad with cast stone panels or scored concrete. Neo-Classical design mode with pedimented parapet and antefixae above a prominent cornice feature that extends to both street-side elevations. Three structural bays at Ballard Avenue and Vernon Place all accentuated by engaged pilasters with simple capitals. Central entry at faced with bracket entry hood. Original window openings at both elevations; window sash may not be historic building fabric. Distinctive cornucopia with motto “Thrift” at tympanum within pediment. Façade was historically inscribed with “Ballard Savings & Loan” signage at entablature frieze, which has been removed. At least two modern additions have been made to the rear/SW side of the building.

Detail for 5301 BALLARD AVE / Parcel ID 276770-2541 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: NR, LR
Cladding(s): Concrete Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Financial Institution Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Concrete - Poured No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Commerce
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 5301 BALLARD AVE / Parcel ID 276770-2541 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Oct 06, 2015

Photo taken Oct 06, 2015

Photo taken Oct 06, 2015
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