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Summary for 8026 31ST AVE / Parcel ID 867540-0055 / 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.

The house at 8026 31st Ave NW was built in 1940 possibly by Fred Reid, owner and M.

Malaspini, contractor.

The first residents were Fred, Jr and Esther N. Reid (1940-44).  Fred was an electrician for the

State Highway Dept, and the 1943/44 Seattle Directory lists Fred Jr in the US Coast Guard.  It is

unknown how long they lived there after the war.  Succeeding residents listed in the Seattle

City Directory are:  Olaf P. and Gertrude L. Floe (1953-55), accountant;  Dudley J. and Eleanor

Hart (1956-70) a lineman with Pacific Telephone & Telegraph; and Robert E. and Linda J.

Cleveland (1975).  Sometime after that the house was purchased by Peter D. Cohen and Gloria

A. Chenoweth.  Later owners are:  Laura A. Burchardt (1998-2004), and William M. and Michelle

S. Goodman (2004-2015).  The current owners are Carl and Susan Haynes.


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.


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 horizontal wood clapboard, and has an asphalt-clad

hipped roof. There is a double-capped brick chimney dominating the front of the house. The entry is

asymmetrically placed towards the south end of the house, and is accessed by three concrete steps.  

Windows have horizontally-divided wood panes, divided into four. This house has been very minimally

altered and retains all aspects of integrity.

Detail for 8026 31ST AVE / Parcel ID 867540-0055 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 8026 31ST AVE / Parcel ID 867540-0055 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900
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