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Summary for 7311 26TH AVE / Parcel ID 916410-0215 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1913

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.

Built in 1913. The house had a few rotating tenants:

John A. Berg, 1922. Magnus Soderstrom, 1922 (contractor).

Leonard H. Larson and Peggy G. Larson. 1933. Leonard was a fisherman.

Zola M. Allen 1935. H. and Luella E. Leonard 1935.

Ila F Herbert, 1957, helper.

Olaf S. Nelson, 1953-58 with spouse Shirley A. Nelson. Robert Nelson was born 1958, Ila Nelson was

born 1955.

In 1958 Dorothy L Nickelson lived there, she was a Teletype Operator.

Cogswell purchased from James Hanson in 1997.

Chadwick and Jodi L Freeman (current owners) purchased from Marilee Cogswell in 2011.


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 one and one half story house at 7311 26th Avenue NW was built in 1913 in the Craftsman style. It is

square in shape, front-gabled, with a cross gable on the south side and a shed-roofed dormer on the

north side just above a shallow pop-out. A full façade width front porch features a gable roof at a

shallower pitch than the main roof. It is supported by two prominent piers, each topped with a cluster of

four narrow square columns. Two lower piers (without columns) flank either side of the front steps that

rise up to the front door. The porch gable façade is detailed with half-timbering that forms a grid of

squares. The front façade features a pair of windows at the attic level and simple timber trim pieces at

either end midway between the window and the eaves. Other detailing includes wide bargeboards with

flared ends, knee braces, and a narrow stringcourse at the first floor level. Exterior cladding is medium-

width clapboarding at the foundation level, topped with narrow clapboarding at the first floor, and

stucco between the timbers at the attic level.

Detail for 7311 26TH AVE / Parcel ID 916410-0215 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood 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): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 7311 26TH AVE / Parcel ID 916410-0215 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900
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