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Summary for 7341 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 751850-8160 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1909

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.

No information about this house at the Seattle building permit department, the Seattle Times, or in the

Seattle city directory.


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 2-story American Foursquare has a hipped roof with open overhang eaves and a front hipped

dormer. The full-width projecting porch has a hipped roof supported by three square columns with

dentils below the capitols and modillion brackets. Vinyl storm windows cover the wood sash windows,

most of them 1-over-1s. There is horizontal window in the front dormer, two on the front elevation

above the porch, and one wide transomed window below the porch to the south of the front door. The

wood front door is flanked by slender vertical windows and a wide wood frame. The side (south)

elevation has two windows on the second floor, plus two on each side of the first floor and a group of

four on a protruding square bay in the middle. Horizontal wood clapboards cover all walls.  House is on a

mid-street lot facing east surrounded by a lawn to the south and anteceded by a large tree on the

planting strip. Concrete stairs lead to the elevated porch. A concrete driveway on the north side leads to

a detached double garage at the rear.

Detail for 7341 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 751850-8160 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 7341 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 751850-8160 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900
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