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Summary for 7706 22ND AVE / Parcel ID 6021502555 / 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 7706 22nd Ave NW was built by the prolific developer, Earl F. Mench in 1941.  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 house was valued at $5,400.  The permit fee was $14.

This house has had only two owners in its 75 year life.  The buyer of the new house -- and long term residents -- were W. Robert and Virginia J. Kidd.  They lived there from 1941 until 1999, 58 years.  Robert was a civil engineer and Virginia was a bank teller.  In 1965 Virginia was featured in a Seattle Times newspaper article when the Ballard Branch of Peoples National Bank was accidentally tear gas bombed.  The photo shows Mrs. Kidd setting up her teller's station on the sidewalk and continuing on with business.

In 1999 the house was sold to Jason and Sally Pearson.  They are the current residents.


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 are wide wood lintels over the doors and windows. Windows have horizontally-divided wood panes, divided into four panes. A single-car garage is attached to the house on the north end of the front façade. This house has been very minimally altered and retains all aspects of integrity.

Detail for 7706 22ND AVE / Parcel ID 6021502555 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick 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 7706 22ND AVE / Parcel ID 6021502555 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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