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Summary for 1411 NW 70TH ST NW / Parcel ID 305270-0360 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
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.

Commercial use, brick. Built in 1926. Addresses within this location: 6752, 1413, 1415, 1421,


By 1928, unit 1413 housed Skaggs Safeway Store. Unit 1421 housed Ballard Electric Bakery.

These business remained here until at least 1939.

By 1940, things changed up a bit. Mrs. Agnes L. Smith, a clothes cleaner, resided at 1413. While,

Edward C. Jensen a barber, resided at 1413 1/2. Nick Marchitto, a shoe repairmen resided at

1415, and 1415 1/2 was vacant. It would appear that 1421 became remained a bakery, but it's

unclear if the current resident at the time (Eli H. Atwood) was the same baker.


1928 - 1940 Directories

Supplemental Information:

Sewer Card

Plat Map


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.



Block: 3

Lot: 2-3-4

Constructed in 1926, this single-story commercial block building sits on a poured concrete foundation, is

clad with red brick veneer, and has a varied roof. The center portion has a slightly overhanging eave, and

other portions have a small cornice. The commercial spaces are typical in that some of the materials

have been replaced and the transoms have been covered. However, this building retains much of its

integrity, and is a good example of a 1920s era commercial building in Ballard.

Detail for 1411 NW 70TH ST NW / Parcel ID 305270-0360 / Inv # 0

Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Vertical - Boards Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Eaves, 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: one
Unit Theme(s):
Storefront: Slight
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 1411 NW 70TH ST NW / Parcel ID 305270-0360 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Jan 01, 1900

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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