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.
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The Department of Planning and Development's Side Sewer Card lists "Permit & Plat# 14798 issued 2/18/11 inspected 3/11/11. Owner: Ole Bolland Contractor: Louis Benson."
Polk's 1928 Reverse Directory lists I. Isaacson as owner/occupant, and the 1938 and 1940 Directories name the occupants as Isaac Isaacson (owner) and Robley E. Bremer.
The October 18, 1936 edition of the Seattle Times announces: "Marriage License - James E. Felder, 32, 1712 W 63rd ST (and) Marjorie M. Probstfeld, 25, 123 W Bertona ST'
John M Leggett appears as the owner/occupant in the 1943-1944 Polk Reverse Directory.
In the April 11, 1947 edition of The Seattle Times, 19 year old choir singer, John Leggett, Jr. of 1712 W 63rd ST, routed a burglar from the Ballard Baptist Church and chased him for several blocks.
The Vital Statistics page of the December 12, 1952 Seattle Times includes "Swedish Hospital Born Yesterday to Mr. and Mrs. John M. Leggett 1712 W 63rd ST Boy."
The 1959 Polk Reverse Directory lists occupants John M. Leggett (owner), and his wife, Rena L.
By 1965, the Directory lists Rena L. Leggett (widow of John M.) as the owner/occupant.
June 8, 2000 Richard R. Rice and Suzanne E. Davis sold the home to Laurence A. Walters and Kimberly T. Lopez.
March 27, 2003 The home is sold by Laurence A. Walters and Kimberly T. Lopez to Thaddeus C. George and Erin Eason.