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Historic Name: Heins, John, House Common Name:
Style: Arts & Crafts - Craftsman, Colonial - Colonial Revival Neighborhood: University
Built By: Year Built: 1909
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).

Based on field work conducted in October 2014, this historic property retains its relationship to the streetscape, historic building form and a sufficient amount of exterior historic building fabric (design features, cladding and/or window sash/openings) to contribute to the distinct character of the University Park neighborhood.

This two-story wood-frame residence is one of the more imposing and intact structures on this section of NE Ravenna Boulevard. It was built at the time of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition on the University of Washington Campus. It is a simply detailed structure with a straightforward character, which shows some Craftsman influence at the roofline and has a few classical elements, such as the pediments and pilasters. The original owner and builder was John Heins, who resided at 5615 20th NE. He built other houses in the area, including the N.B. Beck house at 5827 16th Avenue NE. It was purchased by J.P. Ballantine in 1934. Dr. Ballantine was a University of Washington professor of mathematics, and he lived in the house until his death in 1960. (His wife Constance lived there until 1973.) More recent residents have included Michael Diaz and M. Zolocar in the 1970s. The current owner is Charles Laird, a zoology professor at the University of Washington.
This two-story wood frame structure reflects a combination of Craftsman and Colonial/Neo-classical elements. The relatively low angled roof with wide overhangs shows Craftsman influence, as do the windows and some of the details. The simple proportions and the pediments on the porch and bay windows seem more Classical in their derivation. The cladding is mostly clapboard, but stucco is used at the gable ends at the attic level beneath the roof. (This combination is typically found on many Craftsman houses.) One of its most noteworthy features is the wrap around porch on the main elevation that extends around the corner to the west elevation. The porch supports are square columns, which are repeated as pilasters in the bay window and on the corners of the house. The gabled dormers on the east and west elevations also add to the building's interest. There are square bay windows on the east and west elevations that also have a low-angled gable roof. The low-angled gables are also repeated in the porch, with two gables on the south (main) elevation and one on the west elevation of the porch. The roof has a wide overhang, with brackets and exposed rafters. The house features a belt course between the first and second stories and below the second floor windows and includes pilasters at several locations on the second floor level. A band of dentils runs beneath the cornice. It retains its original wood double hung windows, with mutliple panes on the upper sash. On the main (south elevation), the central second floor window has a small decorative balcony (balustrade). Some of the stickwork in the south gable end has been removed, but it remains on the north gable end.

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Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Wood - Clapboard Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.

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Photo taken Feb 12, 2015

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