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Summary for 7755 33RD AVE / Parcel ID 0472000785 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Colonial - Colonial Revival Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1939

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 7755 33rd Ave NW was built about 1939 by Carl Schweizer. The City Directory lists the house as vacant 1940-41. Carl A. and Ruth E. Schweizer lived in the house from 1942 until 1975 or later (33+ years). Carl was a manager with Pacific Telephone & Telegraph which later became Pacific NW Bell. Succeeding owners are: Edward Lutz (purchase date unknown); Huib and Ann Van Leeuwen (2000). The current owner since 2012 is Ann M. Van Leeuwen.
Constructed in 1939, this two story single-family Colonial Revival-style house is irregular in plan, sits on a concrete foundation, is clad in brick veneer, and has an asphalt-clad low-pitched hipped roof. The symmetrically placed front façade is recessed within an enclosed front porch with glass brick windows. This porch section has been modified. The second story includes three non-original windows and a door that accesses a deck above the first story porch. The north end of the house features corner windows and a large tapered chimney. The rear of the house overlooks the Puget Sound. This house has been altered but still retains many aspects of integrity.

Detail for 7755 33RD AVE / Parcel ID 0472000785 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 7755 33RD AVE / Parcel ID 0472000785 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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