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Summary for 7706 32ND AVE / Parcel ID 792760-0145 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1914
 
Significance

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 multi-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.





Records indicate Felix Spreutels and Theresa (Sprague) Spreutels lived here from 1924-1930.



Seattle Times records indicate the Felix passed away July 1962 at the age of 92 but lived in 7751 32nd at



the time of his passing, this may have also been part of family property. Felix was born in Brussels, came



to Seattle via Green Bay WI, and was a retired building carpenter and contractor. He was survived by his



wife, Christine, daughter Agnes Bauers, stepdaughter Freda Mack, brother Joseph Spreutels and various



grandchildren and great-grandchildren.



Seattle Times indicate that Felix first wife, Theresa, of 7706 32nd AVE NW passed away in Feb. 1944 at



age of 79. Both were Catholic and mass were held at St Alphonsus Church.



KC GIS include picture of historic house with ‘Spreutels addition’ including this address as well as



adjacent addresses (7728) that may have been all part of family property.







References:



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.







 
Appearance


The house at 7706 32nd Avenue NW was built in 1914 in the Craftsman style. Its primarily square form is



made much more visually complex and interesting by virtue of multiple roof gables intersecting at



various angles and locations. Two overlapping gables face the street—the first just one story tall, and



the second one and one-half stories tall. A third gabled-roof extension pierces the one-story gable and



extends eastward to form a roof over the corner porch. The porch is supported on its outer two corners



by tapered columns atop tapered brick piers. Two additional piers flank the front steps which rise up in



two sections from the street leading to a large triple window. The front door is not visible from the



street, but located to the left under the single story gable roof. On the north façade, a gabled extension



rises up to one and one-half stories tall, with another entry—perhaps a back door—on its side. Windows



throughout the house are double-hung; in singles, pairs, and triples, some with diamond-shaped divided



lites in their upper sashes. A shed-roofed pop-out containing a quarter of windows is located on the



south façade. Other detailing includes a wide beltcourse at the attic level, simple kneebraces, a street-



facing chimney, and a decorative pattern of siding—hung in alternating courses of narrow and wide—at



the attic level on the side facades. Other exterior cladding is narrow clapboarding at the first floor and



shingles at the attic.

Detail for 7706 32ND AVE / Parcel ID 792760-0145 / Inv # 0

Status:
Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard 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):
Integrity
: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 7706 32ND AVE / Parcel ID 792760-0145 / Inv # 0


Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900
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