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Summary for 1411 NW 85TH ST NW / Parcel ID 758920-0126 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name: CROWN HILL DENTAL
Style: Modern Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1962

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.

This professional building is on the former site of an office and fuel yard, dating to the late 1920s. As late as 1954 it was listed as an office. It was developed to be dental offices in 1962, with Anderson & Gordon as contractors. The architect was B. McCool (sp). Building management has changed but it remains home to various dentist offices, notably that pediatric dentist John M. Davis until his retirement. He practiced at Crown Hill Dental for 31 years until his retirement in 2007.


Constructed in 1962, this is an unusual example of a modern style commercial building in Ballard, and

houses the Crown Hill Dental Center. The single story building is generally rectangular in plan, sits on a

poured concrete foundation, is clad with yellow brick and has a slightly front-gabled asphalt-clad roof.

There is parking for multiple cars at the rear of the property. Much of the building is obscured by a

distinctive, tall brick and wood screen fence. Visible on the building behind the fence are extensive

windows, including a band of windows beneath the gabled roof and a centered entry. It appears that

much of the front façade is curtain glass. This building is a good example of a commercial building in the

modern style. It appears to have been minimally altered and retains a high level of integrity.

Detail for 1411 NW 85TH ST NW / Parcel ID 758920-0126 / Inv # 0

Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Professional Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 1411 NW 85TH ST NW / Parcel ID 758920-0126 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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