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Summary for 7042 27TH AVE / Parcel ID 1254200695 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1927

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.


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.

SW-2 -25- 3

Single family craftsman, built in 1927. According to the Sewer card the owner was S.L. Johnson.

Unable to find this exact address in any directory except in 1940, where a Jacob N. and Naomi A. Drage resided. Jacob was a fisherman, and the family remained in residence until at least 1955. Although I'm not currently able to locate the original owner, it would be interesting to note that around the time the house was built (1928), there was both a Carl A. Johnson and a Andrew J. Johnson living on 27th Ave NW between 67th and 75th. Particularly interesting is that Andrew Johnson was a carpenter. I wouldn't rule it out of the question that they may all be related and worked together to build this house (and others surrounding it).


• 1944 - 1955 Directories

Supplemental Information:

• Sewer Card

• Plat Map

• 2 Archive Photos
Constructed in 1927, this 1.5 story single-family Craftsman bungalow is generally square in plan, sits on a concrete foundation, is clad with horizontal wood siding, and has an asphalt-clad side gabled roof with clipped gables. The house is symmetrically organized with a centered entry vestibule, which includes a newer door, wood piers and a clipped gabled roof; it is flanked by fixed pane windows that are not original to the house. Two small gabled dormers with vent openings are seen on the front façade. A single-car garage is embedded in the house, and the door has been replaced. This house has been altered with replacement windows and doors, but retains some aspects of integrity.

Detail for 7042 27TH AVE / Parcel ID 1254200695 / Inv # 0

Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Square
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 7042 27TH AVE / Parcel ID 1254200695 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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