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Summary for 7013 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 7518502420 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Craftsman Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1909

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.

There is no building permit for the construction of this house in 1909.  There is, however, a permit, # 73630, issued in the same year, to “build a one story frame addition”.  Because of the poor quality of the microfilm it is impossible to read the name of the owner.

Fred B and Martha (spouse) Dorse were living in the house in 1913.


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 1-1/2 story Craftsman has a rectangular plan and a hipped roof. Hipped dormers on each side and a gabled entry porch achieve the multiple roof planes quality characteristic of the style. The half-width projecting porch is supported by two square columns with modillion brackets. Below the porch is the door flanked by a window.  South of the porch is a rectangular protruding bay with a wide sash window.  Dormers house pairs of 1-over-1 wood sash windows. South elevation has a protruding bay 1-story bay with windows and an exterior brick chimney. Several decorative braces are present below the eave overhang, and under bays and gables. Cladding is wood clapboard on all walls, with an unusual rising array on the porch gable. Concrete stairs lead to the elevated porch and a concrete driveway gives access to the underground garage on the south. House sits above the street on a mid-street lot facing east surrounded by thick vegetation. Historic photos suggest the brick exterior chimney was a later addition.

Detail for 7013 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 7518502420 / Inv # 0

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

Photo collection for 7013 17TH AVE / Parcel ID 7518502420 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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