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Summary for 1138 NW 63RD ST NW / Parcel ID 2767704040 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Art Deco Neighborhood: Crown Hill/Ballard
Built By: Year Built: 1942

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.



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 is the site of the telephone exchange building that was built by Pacific Bell in 1942. They had acquired the property with existing structure in 1940. The company became Qwest and is now CenturyLink.


It had been home to a two-story building with store on the ground floor and apartments above, built in 1917.

The store was Shaffer Pharmacy.


Constructed in 1922, this Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company building was reportedly the second such telephone exchange operated by the Sunset Telephone and Telegraph Company (and its successor firm, the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company). It is a two-story rectangular building with a poured concrete foundation, buff brick veneer, and a flat roof. The building is organized in the Art Deco style, with vertical projections and zigzags and other geometric motifs.  

The primary entry is on the east end of the south façade, and includes a curvilinear concrete or terra cotta railing leading to the rectangular front door, with ornate terra cotta trim with inverted T geometric detailing above the door. The base of the building, and some window trim is also clad in terra cotta tile. There is a tall, narrow window in vertical bands on each floor; each band is divided by a projecting brick parapet. Between the windows is decorative brick in a modified chevron style. The concrete cornice is slightly projecting. Windows appear to be multi-pane metal frames. This building is an excellent example of a utilitarian Art Deco style building, and has been minimally altered. It retains a high level of integrity.

Detail for 1138 NW 63RD ST NW / Parcel ID 2767704040 / Inv # 0

Classication: District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Commercial/Trade - Business Plan:
Structural System: No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 1138 NW 63RD ST NW / Parcel ID 2767704040 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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