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Summary for 8320 19TH AVE / Parcel ID 0546000215 / 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.


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.

In 1925, lots in the Barron addition were advertised with the slogan, “[g]et out where the sun is bright, the air pure, the scenery and surroundings beautiful.” This 1.5 story brick tudor was constructed in 1929 for AR Seeley. The contractor on the project was C Cognina.

By 1938, Joseph F and Elfreida J Best were living the home with their daughters Phyllis M, Averill L Jorgenson and son-in-law, Cedric K Jorgenson. The Jorgenson’s only stayed a year or two. For a time in 1945, after Phyllis married Robert J O’Connor, they also lived with her parents.

Mr. Best owned and operated the Super Brake Service at Third and Blanchard through 1947, then joining S L Savidge, Inc.

The Bests relocated from Pelican Rapids, Minnesota in 1922 after selling their farm. A Seattle Times article from 1946 highlighted the annual picnic of Pelican Rapids folk, crediting Mr. Best with writing his friends and family about the “advantages of the Pacific Northwest,” and encouraging about 100 to make the move.

Mr. and Mrs. Best celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1965; Joseph passed away in 1969 and Elfreida joined him in 1979.

A 120 foot dormer was added to the house in 2005.


Side Sewer Cards

1940 Census

Seattle Daily Times

Seattle City Directories 1938, 1940, 1948/49, 1955 and 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 brick veneer and clinker brick accents, and features an asphalt-clad side-gabled roof with overhanging eaves and exposed verge boards. The property includes a brick retaining well, septs, and inlaid planter boxes. The front façade includes a projecting nesting gabled entry vestibule, accessed by six brick steps and low railing, with an arched door entry. The entry vestibule is distinctive in that the northern wall is angled from the eaves to the top step. The front door is wood with a small opening. The front façade also includes a tapered exterior chimney which extends upwards at the gable peak, with clinker brick accents. A large window is placed at the left of the entry door, as well as to the right of the chimney. A porte cochere is visible at the north end of the house. Secondary facades feature leaded first and second story windows. This house has been altered very little and retains most aspects of integrity.

Detail for 8320 19TH AVE / Parcel ID 0546000215 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 8320 19TH AVE / Parcel ID 0546000215 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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