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Summary for 7757 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 6021502900 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1927

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.

Single family tudor home, built in 1927.

According to a Seattle Daily Times article from May 12, 1927, a Mr. Whitworth requested $6,000 in alterations to a home at this address. (perhaps even a Carl T. Storre).

By 1931, Jerome B. Hardcastle and family resided at this residence.  They welcomed the birth of the boy while living there, in September 1931. 

By 1934 Walter D. Starkey and his wife, Doris, resided at this addresses and apparently was in the mining industry. According to a December 30, 1943 Seattle Daily Times article, their son (Robert Ray Starkey) was accepted into a the Keesler Field airplane mechanics course and was active military during WWII. 


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 1927, this 1.5 story Tudor Revival-style single-family house is largely square in plan, sits on a concrete foundation, is clad with brick veneer with half-timbering detail (some in an octagonal pattern), and features an asphalt-clad steeply cross-gabled roof with some clipped gables. The front façade is dominated by a gables that includes a large nine-light fixed pane window. At the north end of the house is a cutaway entry vestibule with a brick column and sheltered by the overhanging eave. Fenestration includes fixed pane and casement leaded glass windows. The house has an interior capped chimney The house has been altered very little and retains most aspects of integrity. 

Detail for 7757 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 6021502900 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan:
Structural System: No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 7757 23RD AVE / Parcel ID 6021502900 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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