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Ballard Walking Tour

Ballard Historical Society has produced a Historic Ballard Walking Tour brochure in which you can take a self-guided tour of Ballard's rich history. This beautifully produced guide features images and information about 20 historic sites along Ballard Avenue and NW Market Street.  Download the brochure below and begin your discovery!

Historic Ballard Walking Tour Brochure

Hard copies of the Tour Brochure are also available at the Ballard Neighborhood Service Center and the Ballard Library.

Funded in part by 4Culture.


The Ballard Historic Marker Project

In April 2007, the Ballard Historical Society unveiled Historic Markers on twenty-six buildings located within the Ballard Avenue Landmark District.

Measuring 12” x 16”, each plaque was fabricated from anodized aluminum with an etched image of the photograph and text. These plaques commemorate the buildings with historic photographs and text which tell their many and varied stories.

In addition to the twenty-six historic markers, a commemorative plaque engraved with a 1910 image of Ballard Avenue is installed in Marvin Gardens Park at the intersection of Ballard Avenue and 22nd Avenue NW. 

The Ballard Historical Society extends a great big thank you to the building owners for their support and participation. This project would not have been possible without their generous donations as well as a grant from the City of Seattle Small and Simple Matching Grant Fund.

We are extremely excited about this marvelous project. We invite you to stroll down Ballard Avenue and learn about the history of some of Ballard Avenue’s oldest buildings. To aid you in your tour, a copy of a map showing the historic marker locations is available below for download below.

Marker Flyer (adobe pdf)




Previous Old House Tours

2010 Classic Home Tour

Our 2010 Ballard Classic Home Tour was a tremendous success, with nearly 600 tickets sold! Our next tour is Sunday, June 23. More details on our BallardHistory Blog. House tours require a lot of preparation. If you’d like to help us organize the tour, be a docent, or have your home featured, contact Lesli Billings.

2007 Old House Tour

The 2007 tour showcased six beautifully preserved and restored homes that represent the style and character of houses built in Ballard during several decades from the 1900s to the 1950s.


  1906-08 Swiss Chalet Revival 1901 Victorian 
  1915 Craftsman Bungalow   1936 Tudor Revival
  1941 Mench House 1956 Mid-Century Modern















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