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Summary for 7749 32ND AVE / Parcel ID 0472000025 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Colonial Revival Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1926

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.

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Colonial single family house, built 1926. Unable to locate exact address on Sewer Card, but identifies P. Hansen, for 7747, as Owner.

As of 1928, Norwegian born laborer Ben B. Hansen resided at this residence. He worked for the City Water Department and was marred to Carmel (sometimes known as Camilla) Hansen. They had at least one son, Arthur. Sometime during 1936 an additional resident lived at the home: Arvil Hansen (a plumber). The Hansens lived at this address until at least 1940.


• 1928 - 1940 Directories

• 1940 Census

Supplemental Documents

• 2 Archival Photos

• Plat Map 1890

• Sewer Card
Constructed in 1926, this single story single-family Colonial Bungalow-style house is square in plan, sits on a concrete foundation, is clad with horizontal wood siding, and has an asphalt clad side-gabled roof with overhanging returned eaves and clipped gables. The front façade includes a symmetrically placed entry vestibule with turned piers and a slipped gable roof with returned eaves. Multi-light windows flank the entry. There is a large rear deck an, secondary entry, and dormer. Windows appear original. This house has been minimally altered, and still retains all aspects of integrity.

Detail for 7749 32ND AVE / Parcel ID 0472000025 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 7749 32ND AVE / Parcel ID 0472000025 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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