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Summary for 6510 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 751850-7190 / Inv # 0

Style: Other 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.

Groundbreaking for the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church was held on December 16, 1928 and

construction was completed in 1929/30. Now known as the Trinity United Methodist Church, this local

Methodist congregation was saved from foreclosure in 1939.

Trinity has been actively engaging with the community from the start. In 1930 they established a “girl’s

club” geared toward businesswomen. They’ve hosted basketball games, sponsored the girl and boy

scouts, and established a soup kitchen and shelter. In 2013 Trinity United Methodist joined nine other

congregations to support marriage quality, breaking with Methodist policy.


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.

Side Sewer Cards

Seattle Daily Times

Seattle City Directories 1931, 1938, 1940, 1948/49

King County Assessor’s Database

Seattle PI/Ballard News Tribune, “Trinity United Methodist in Ballard: The “New Reverend””, 2012

article by Peggy Sturdivant

KOMO News, “Trinity United breaks with Methodist church, supports marriage equality”, 2013 article by

Michael Harthorne


The Trinity United Methodist Church was constructed in 1929. It sits on a concrete foundation, is clad

with red brick, and has a gabled wood clad with fired ceramic shingles. The church includes a large tower

with inlaid pilasters and arched openings. The primary entry is accessed by nine poured in place

concrete steps, and is recessed beneath a gently arched brick entry. Fenestration includes arched stain

glass windows and rectangular multi-paned sash.

Detail for 6510 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 751850-7190 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet, Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition, Ceramic- Tile
Building Type: Religion - Religious facility Plan: Irregular
Structural System: Brick No. of Stories: three
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 6510 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 751850-7190 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Mar 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900
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