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Summary for 7356 12TH AVE / Parcel ID 0461001495 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Ranch - Minimal Traditional Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1940

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.


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.

The house at 7356 12th Ave NW was built in 1940. The developer was possibly Fred Gasch, the contractor was John Manninen (who built most of the Mench houses). This house has been owned by two families during its 75 year life. The original owners were Russell D. and E. Estelle Masecar. Russell was a trainman and carman for Seattle Transit. They lived there from 1941-1994, 53 years. The house was then sold to Vincent P. and Joyce M. Schile (1994-98). The current owner is Mary J. Schille, since 1998.
This house, at the southeast corner of 12 th Avenue Northwest and NW 74 th Street, is small and brick clad, with distinctive brick detail. Constructed in 1940, this one story single-family house minimal traditional-style house is rectangular in plan, sits on a concrete foundation, is clad in narrow Roman brick veneer, and has an asphalt-clad pyramidal roof. Buff-colored brick provides distinctive detailing around the windows, doorways, and corners or the house. There is a double-capped brick chimney dominating the north façade. There is a projecting entry vestibule accessed by six cast-in- place concrete steps with an arched opening on the primary (west) façade. The south side of the house features a secondary door, also with an arched opening. There is a small two-light square window near the front door. Other windows have horizontally-divided wood panes. This house has been altered very little and retains most aspects of integrity.

Detail for 7356 12TH AVE / Parcel ID 0461001495 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 7356 12TH AVE / Parcel ID 0461001495 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900
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