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Summary for 6406 32ND AVE / Parcel ID 755080-0610 / Inv # 0

Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1926

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.

Mixed use, complex. Built in 1926.

Locations at this address: 6406, 6408, 6410, 6412, 6414

Shortly after the multi-use complex was built (1928), the Sunset Hill Beauty Parlor was located

at 6408 and reamined as such until at least 1940. Ornstein's Meat Market and the Sunset Hill

Public Market was located at 6410. A Mrs. Lillian Huch resided in one of two apartments (6414)

from 1928 until at least 1931. Something to note, the nearby by Beach Pharmacy was located at

6416, an address not currently an address in use, and remained there until at least 1940.

Additionally, the pharmacist of this business resided at 7003 24th Ave NW (Unique ID 123).

By 1940, 6406 became the Sunset Hill Barber Shop, joining side-by-side with the Sunset Hill

Beauty Parlor. The meat market at 6410 became the market of George Johnson, and the grocery

store adjacent became the responsibility of Walter S. Harrah.

During this time, in the apartments within the building, Edmund Braun lived at 6414 and Floyd

W. Webb lived at 6412.

Sometime during the 1960's the ownership of Beach Pharmacy was transferred to the Otterson

family (Harry T. Otterson as owner).  In a rather startling Seattle Times article from December

24, 1969. Roy and Gerald Otterson, then both young men, stopped a burglary of their store

around 2 in the morning.

By 1971 it was time for Beach Pharmacy to close doors. The Seattle Times May 13 1971 ad

states: "QUITTING business - Beach Pharmacy is sacrificing  all merchandise and fixtures at

drastically reduced prices."


• 1928 - 1940 Directories

• Seattle Times, "Quitting Business"

• Seattle Times, "Pharmacist's Son Foils Burglary, 3 Arrested"

Supplemental Information:

• Plat Map 1888


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 1926, the building that currently houses Rain City Video and other businesses is a good

example of a multi-use building in Ballard. This two-story building is generally rectangular in plan. There

is retail on the ground floor and two apartments above. The building sits on a poured concrete

foundation, is clad with brick and stucco, and has a flat asphalt-clad roof with a wide cornice. The

storefront has a wide stepped metal awning and multiple entries. Transom windows appear to have

been covered or replaced, and windows are encapsulated with a brick base. Many storefront materials

appear to have been replaced at some time. Second story windows are replaced multi-pane vinyl sash.

Although many materials have been replaced, this building is a relatively unusual example of a multi-use

building in Ballard, and retains a moderate level of integrity.

Detail for 6406 32ND AVE / Parcel ID 755080-0610 / Inv # 0

Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Parapet Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition-Rolled
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Business Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
: Moderate
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 6406 32ND AVE / Parcel ID 755080-0610 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900
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