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Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1928

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 brick Tudor house at 8042 11th Avenue NW was build in 1928.  The 1930 side sewer card

lists J. Gustafson as owner. He could have been the original owner or a contractor.  

This lovely home has had at least nine owners in its 88 years, the gaps in the record (1928-38

and 1945-52) could make room for one or two more owners.  The Seattle Polks Directory

doesn't show a resident at this address until 1939 -- Erle H. & Florence Smith. He was a cashier

with DW & Co.  Early owners as listed in the Seattle Polks Directory are:  Douglas J. & Winona

Ludemo (1953-58) assistant manager for Metropolitan Life Insurance;  John E. & Alice George

(1959-75) cargo manager for Pacific NW Airlines; Maurice L. & Bridget Roller (1979-80)

consultant for Haskins & Sells; Gordon & Roberta Campbell (1981-85) he was a lawyer for City

of Seattle; Roberta (Goodnow), an Everett city planner, owned the house from 1987-90.  After

1990, the ownership record is via the King County real estate records.  In 1990 Roberta sold the

house to Lynn Steinberg & Ellils E. Conklin (1990-2007).  In 2007 the house apparently changed

hands twice, from Lynn & Ellis to Jonathan D. & Alice Orr (for 9 months) before landing in the

hands of Sam & Kimberly C. Baker, the current owners.


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 1928, this 1.5 story Tudor Revival-style single-family house is largely rectangular in plan, sits on a concrete foundation, is clad with red brick veneer with wood shingle accents, and features an asphalt-clad side-gabled roof with returned eaves and exposed verge boards. The front façade includes a projecting nesting shed-roofed entry vestibule. Windows are fixed and multi-paned leaded glass, and includes a multi-paned arched window on the front façade, and a smaller arched window just below the front gabled peak. A rectangular multi-paned leaded glass window and a large fixed-pane window are also evident on the front façade. The fixed pane window sits above a single-car attached garage. The garage door has been replaced. This house has been minimally altered and retains most aspects of integrity.


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Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, 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):
: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

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Photo taken Jan 01, 1900

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

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