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Summary for 8312 24TH AVE / Parcel ID 6021501085 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1941

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.

The house at 8312 24th Ave NW was built in 1941 by developer Earl F. Mench.  Unlike most modest houses of this era it was architect designed, by H.R. Munday.  The contractor, John Manninen, built most of the Mench houses.  

The first owners were Ralph & and Mabel M. Benjamin, they lived there from 1942-53.  Ralph was the editor of the Washington Teamster.  Torvold M. and Klara N. Klabo purchased the house about 1955 and lived there until 1995, 40 years.  Both Torvold and Klara were born in Norway, and before moving to Ballard lived on "Norway Hill Road" (Woodinville area) according to the 1940 US census.  He was a halibut fisherman and active in the Deepsea Fishermens Union.  Klara worked in food service at Firland Sanatorium, Bothell.  A 1963 Seattle Times article reported that she was honored for her service.  Upon Klara's death, the house was sold to Michael and Paula Hlastala, they lived there 1995-99.  Paul H. Grigsby is the current owner since 1999.


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 1941, this one story single-family house minimal traditional-style house is rectangular in plan, sits on a concrete foundation, is clad in narrow Roman brick veneer, and has an asphalt-clad pyramidal roof. There is a double-capped brick chimney dominating the front of the house, and a recessed entry at the southwest corner. There is a small portal window near the front door, and wide wood lintels over the doors and windows. Windows have horizontally-divided wood panes, typically in groups of ten. This house has been very minimally altered and retains all aspects of integrity.

Detail for 8312 24TH AVE / Parcel ID 6021501085 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick, Wood Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan:
Structural System: No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 8312 24TH AVE / Parcel ID 6021501085 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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