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Summary for 7007 25TH AVE / Parcel ID 1254200345 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1915

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.

The earliest known owner was Marie Fish, a stenographer, in 1913. Ownership then transferred to Arthur and Hattie Ebersold from 1915 to about 1921. Arthur, Carl and Myrtle Fischer owned the house in 1922 until husband and wife, Olaf and Alta Sxenslid resided there in 1926. Olaf was a carpenter. Sine Erickson took over in 1927, followed by Arthur and Inga Abelsen in 1932, Emma Strom in 1935, followed by Frank and Delia Lavigne 1943 all the way until 1960 along with Rose Coltney 1957 and Inga Egerland 1958, Jeff Greenborg 1957 (may have all been students), and Conrad Danielson in 1958.

(All data collected from Heritage Quest)
Built in 1915, the house at 7007 25th Avenue NW is a stately one and one-half story Craftsman style structure. Nearly perfectly square in shape, the front-facing gable roof sports two large gable-roofed dormers centrally located on both sides of the house. Prominent knee-braces are located under the main and dormer roofs. The house is approached from the street by several steps which lead up to the slightly asymmetrically placed front door. A shed-roofed porch spans the width of the front façade, supported by three square columns that rest on a half-wall that serves as railing on all three sides. Adjacent to the front door on one side is a classic Craftsman triple window—three narrow double-hung windows banked together. On the other side of the door is a smaller rectangular window of horizontal dimensions that are roughly the same dimensions as the upper lights in the triple windows. The main floor south façade includes a pop-out bay window. Another triple window is set high in the gable at the attic level, and is flanked with smaller square windows at the far ends under the eaves. All double-hung windows have divided-lite upper sashes. The exterior cladding is narrow clapboard siding at the first floor and shingles at the attic level. A wide stringcourse at the first floor level is echoed uniquely in a narrower stringcourse that runs just above the small attic square windows and through the middle of the attic triple window. The top trim of the large attic window extends beyond the windows to meet the knee braces in what gives the effect of yet another stringcourse.

Detail for 7007 25TH AVE / Parcel ID 1254200345 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, 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 7007 25TH AVE / Parcel ID 1254200345 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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