Ballard Avenue Landmark District Records, 1975-2012  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). Office of Urban Conservation
Title
Ballard Avenue Landmark District Records
Dates
1975-2012 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.6 cubic feet, (4 boxes)
Collection Number
5754-B
Summary
Minutes, correspondence, reports, memos, and other materials related to the Ballard Avenue Landmark District and its oversight board.
Repository
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Office of Urban Conservation was created in 1975 as part of the Department of Community Development (DCD). It was founded in an era of citizen protests against a proposed urban renewal program that would have demolished Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market. The office’s mandate was to coordinate Seattle’s historic preservation programs and administer the city’s landmark boards and historic districts. When DCD was abolished in 1992, the office became the Historic Preservation Program in the Department of Neighborhoods.

When it incorporated in 1890, the city of Ballard had 1,636 residents. It boasted of being “the shingle capital of the world,” and its timber and fishing jobs drew many new residents, including many immigrants from Scandinavia. By 1900, its population of 4,568 made it the seventh largest city in Washington, and the town continued to boom, growing to 17,000 by 1907. Growth was quickly overwhelming the city’s ability to provide services, particularly a safe water supply, and Ballard’s citizens were increasingly considering asking Seattle to annex their town. The plan was voted down in 1905, but 15 months later annexation won out, and the town officially became part of Seattle on May 29, 1907. On that day, Ballard citizens showed their mixed feelings about the change by draping their city hall with black crepe and flying the flag at half mast.

The Ballard Avenue Landmark District was created by the Seattle City Council in 1976. Ballard Avenue was the core of the area’s central business district for decades. When Market Street became the main arterial, Ballard Avenue’s development effectively came to a standstill, preserving its character as a small-town main street with buildings from the 1890s to 1940s, along with the occasional hitching post. The Office of Urban Conservation, and later the Historic Preservation Program, provided staffing to the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Minutes, correspondence, reports, memos, and other materials related to the Ballard Avenue Landmark District. Series are described more fully below.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], [Title of collection], Record Series 5754-B[X]. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

5754-B1:  Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board Minutes, 1976-2012Return to Top

0.8 cubic feet , (2 boxes)

Minutes and agendas documenting regular and special meetings of the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board. The minutes report on issues discussed, tasks assigned, and actions taken, and include lists of board members and Office of Urban Conservation staff present. Board business primarily concerned consideration of applications for approval of architectural modifications and signage in the District. Other subjects include street lighting, zoning, parking, and transients.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
BALDB Minutes
1976
1/2
BALDB Minutes
1977
1/3
BALDB Minutes (Jan.-June)
1978
1/4
BALDB Minutes (July-Dec.)
1978
1/5
BALDB Minutes
1979
1/6
BALDB Minutes
1980
1/7
BALDB Minutes
1981
1/8
BALDB Minutes
1982
1/9
BALDB Minutes
1983
1/10
BALDB Minutes
1984
1/11
BALDB Minutes
1985
1/12
BALDB Minutes
1986
1/13
BALDB Minutes
1987
1/14
BALDB Minutes
1988
1/15
BALDB Minutes
1989
1/16
BALDB Minutes
1990
1/17
BALDB Minutes
1991
1/18
BALDB Minutes
2001
1/19
BALDB Minutes
2002
1/20
BALDB Minutes
2006
1/21
BALDB Minutes
2007
1/22
BALDB Minutes
2008
1/23
BALDB Minutes
2009
1/24
BALDB Minutes
2010
2/1
BALDB Agendas
1976
2/2
BALDB Agendas
1977
2/3
BALDB Agendas
1978
2/4
BALDB Agendas
1979
2/5
BALDB Agendas
1980
2/6
BALDB Agendas
1981
2/7
BALDB Agendas
1982
2/8
BALDB Agendas
1983
2/9
BALDB Agendas
1984
2/10
BALDB Agendas
1985
2/11
BALDB Agendas
1986
2/12
BALDB Agendas
1987
2/13
BALDB Agendas
1988
2/14
BALDB Agendas
1989
2/15
BALDB Agendas
1990
2/16
BALDB Agendas
1991
2/17
BALDB Agendas
1992
2/18
BALDB Agendas
1993
2/19
BALDB Agendas
1994
2/20
BALDB Agendas
1995
2/21
BALDB Agendas
2001
2/22
BALDB Agendas
2002
2/23
BALDB Agendas
2006
2/24
BALDB Agendas
2007
2/25
BALDB Agendas
2008
2/26
BALDB Agendas
2009
2/27
BALDB Agendas
2010
2/28
BALDB Minutes
2011
2/29
BALDB Agendas
2011
2/30
BALDB Minutes
2012
2/31
BALDB Agendas
2012

5754-B2:  Ballard Avenue Landmark District Subject Files, 1975-1995Return to Top

0.8 cubic feet , (2 boxes)

Correspondence, memos, clippings, and other materials relating to the work of the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board. A significant portion of the collection deals with elections for positions on the Board. Another sizeable set of records contains legal documents, correspondence, and background information relating to a series of lawsuits against the city relating to the historic district.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Ballard Avenue Post
1991-1993
1/2
Ballard Avenue Street Improvements
1976
1/3
Ballard Avenue Street Improvements
1977-1978
1/4
Ballard Avenue Street Improvements
1979
1/5
Ballard Avenue Street Improvements
1980-1988
1/6
Ballard Historical Society
1988-1990
1/7
Ballard Historical Society
1991-1992
1/8
Board Elections
1976
1/9
Board Elections
1977
1/10
Board Elections
1978
1/11
Board Elections
1979-1981
1/12
Board Elections
1982
1/13
Board Elections
1983
1/14
Board Elections
1986
1/15
Board Elections
1987
1/16
Board Elections
1988
1/17
Board Elections
1989
1/18
Board Elections
1990
1/19
Board Elections
1991
1/20
Board Elections
1992
1/21
Board Elections
1993-1994
1/22
Board Elections
1995
1/23
Board Elections
1999
1/24
Board Elections
2000
1/25
Board Elections
2001
2/1
Bylaws & Procedures
1978-1988
2/2
Correspondence
1975
2/3
Correspondence
1977
2/4
Correspondence
1977
2/5
Correspondence
1979-1980
2/6
Correspondence
1982-1983
2/7
Kustina Lawsuit - Correspondence & Memos
1975-1976
2/8
Kustina Lawsuit - Correspondence & Memos
1976
2/9
Kustina Lawsuit - Correspondence & Memos
1977-1979
2/10
Kustina Lawsuit - Correspondence & Memos
1980-1987
2/11
Kustina Lawsuit - Correspondence & Memos
1990-1992
2/12
Kustina Lawsuit - Legal Documents
1977-1978
2/13
Kustina Lawsuit - Legal Documents, Appeals
1978-1979
2/14
Kustina Lawsuit - Legal Documents, Appeals
1986-1992
2/15
News Clippings
1976-1977
2/16
News Clippings
1978-1980
2/17
News Clippings
1989-1992
2/18
SEPA Declaration
1976
2/19
Slides

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Historic buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Historic preservation--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.). Office of Urban Conservation
  • Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)