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Summary for 5807 20TH AVE / Parcel ID 2767604266 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1908

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.

This apartment building was built under City of Seattle building permit number 64075 in 1909.

It was valued at $3,000.

There is little information on the permit and the microfilm is in very poor condition so as to be almost illegible.  It authorized to “build a 2 story apartment from 38’ x 54’.

The signoffs are all initials, so there are no names of the owner, builder, etc.

The Seattle city directory indicates that Bessie A Conway (bookkeeper), Jeremiah Conway (broker) and John A Hazelet all lived in the building in 1910, but there was no indication who owned the building.


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 two story 4-plex wood-frame building has a flat roof with parapet. Cladding is stucco on the baseboard, vertical wood clapboard on the first floor and horizontal on the top floor. A low pitch cornice supported by exposed beams surrounds the building below the parapet. Front elevation is symmetrical with protruding bays on each side and a projecting entry porch on the center. Two square columns with ornamental brackets support the flat-roof of the porch.  Concrete steps lead to the four entry doors below the porch. A single one-over-one vinyl window on the center of the front elevation is above the entry porch. Fixed windows flanked by 1-over-1s are on each bay.  Building is on a lot next to the corner facing east anteceded by a small lawn and surrounded by vegetation.


This type of 4-plex was common of Ballard at the beginning of 20th century. This is one of the best preserved examples that still remain in the neighborhood.

Detail for 5807 20TH AVE / Parcel ID 2767604266 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Stucco, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan:
Structural System: No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 5807 20TH AVE / Parcel ID 2767604266 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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