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Summary for 7545 25TH AVE / Parcel ID 4443801510 / 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 7545  25th Ave NW was built in 1941.

This house has had only two owners in it 75 year life.  The original residents were Conrad and Grace M. Molvik.  He was a fisherman and sheetmetal worker.  They lived in the house from 1942 - 2008, a full 66 years.  Upon Grace's death in 2008, the house was sold to Matthew A. Wiley.  He is the current owner.


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 irregular in plan, sits on a concrete foundation, is clad in coursed horizontal wood siding, and has an asphalt-clad side gabled roof with a pyramidal entry vestibule and wing. There is a capped brick chimney dominating the south façade. There is a projecting entry vestibule accessed by five cast-in-place concrete steps with a recessed wood door, which is sheltered by part of the overhanging roof, and supported by a wood beam. There are several fixed pane picture windows, and a multi-light accent window next to the front door. This house has been altered very little and retains most aspects of integrity.

Detail for 7545 25TH AVE / Parcel ID 4443801510 / Inv # 0

Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, 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 7545 25TH AVE / Parcel ID 4443801510 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016

Photo taken Feb 01, 2016
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