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Summary for 8340 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 758870-0280 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1929

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.


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King County Tax Assessor Records, 1937-2014.  

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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.


Built in 1929/30 for Andrew Lassila, who lived at 8347 with his wife and niece, Andrew had emigrated

from Finland in 1887 and was a carpenter by trade. The home was listed for sale in 1931.

Tenants over the years included (all dates approximate): Louis E Listman (1934); Jas and Olga Duncan,

manager with Puget Sound Power & Light Company (1938); George and Pearl Johnson, repairman for

the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company (1940); Earle D and Florence A Byer (1943/44); Mrs. J. J.

Craddock (1944); Duane E and Virginia Broom, Great Northern Railway (1953-1958); Nina L Domey

(1964); William and Vicki Swanberg (1974-1977).


Side Sewer Cards

Seattle Daily Times

Seattle City Directories 1934, 1938, 1940, 1943/44, 1955, 1964

King County Assessor’s Database


Constructed in 1929, this 1.5 story Tudor Revival-style single-family house is largely rectangular in plan,

sits on a concrete foundation, is clad with red brick veneer and buff brick accents, and features an

asphalt-clad side-gabled roof with returned eaves and exposed verge boards. The front façade includes a

projecting nesting gabled entry vestibule, accessed by six poured in place concrete steps, with an arched

door entry. The front door is wood with a small opening. A triad of single-light windows are to the right

of the door vestibule, above a single-car attached garage. The garage door has been replaced, and

concrete bulkhead with wrought-iron railing separate the driveway from the front yard. An arched

window is beneath the gable peak of the front façade, and an exterior chimney is at the south façade.

Although some window and garage elements have been altered, the house retains most aspects of


Detail for 8340 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 758870-0280 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 8340 16TH AVE / Parcel ID 758870-0280 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900
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