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Ballard Avenue Historic District / Ballard City Hall Bell

 
 
Ballard Avenue Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Ann Bugajsky, February 20, 2010
1. Ballard Avenue Historic District Marker
Inscription. Multiple markers on and near the Ballard Centennial Bell identify the Ballard Avenue Historic District.
Marker 1:
Be it remembered that at this place on the eleventh day of April, Nineteen Hundred and Seventy Six, the Ballard Avenue Landmark District was officially designed by a city ordinance signed by Wesley C. Uhlman, May or the City of Seattle and through the proclamation of his majesty, King Carl XVI Gustuf of Sweden, created in the bicentennial spirit of preserving the best of past traditions for the enlightenment of future generations.

Marker 2:
Ballard Avenue Historic District
Under the provisions of the national historic preservation act of October 16, 1966, this property possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating American history. Placed on the national register on July 1, 1976 by the National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Washington State Park and Recreation Committee.

Marker 3:
Ballard City Hall Bell
This bell, a symbol of the heritage of the Ballard community, hung above the Ballard City Hall when Ballard was an independent city and booming industrial center. On May 30, 1907, the bell was rung to sadly announce Ballard’s annexation to the City of Seattle and was later removed
Ballard Avenue Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Ann Bugajsky, February 20, 2010
2. Ballard Avenue Historic District Marker
from the area. The former Ballard City Hall was demolished in 1965 after serving the city as a precinct police station.

The 1,000 pound brass bell has now been refurbished and returned to the Ballard community after an absence of nearly 40 years. On April 11, 1976, Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf CVI and Seattle’s mayor Wes Uhlman rang the bell to formerly announce the creation of the Ballard Avenue Historic District and the resurgence of community interest in its historic past. The bell now hangs in this monument at the corner of 22nd Avenue Northwest and Ballard Avenue, the former site of the Ballard City Hall.
 
Erected 1976 by National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Washington State Park and Recreation Committee. (Marker Number 103.)
 
Location. 47° 40.071′ N, 122° 23.094′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker is at the intersection of 22nd Ave. NW and Ballard Ave. NW on 22nd Ave. NW. Click for map. Located in Marvin's Garden. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22nd Ave. NW and Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle WA 98107, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ballard Avenue Landmark District Historic Marker Project (a few steps from this marker); Mural at Bergen Place
Ballard City Hall Bell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Ann Bugajsky, February 20, 2010
3. Ballard City Hall Bell Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (approx. 0.6 miles away); Seattle Fisherman's Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lenin in Fremont (approx. 2 miles away); The Fremont Troll (approx. 2.1 miles away); Carkeep Park (approx. 3.1 miles away); The First Commercial Monorail in the United States (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Seattle.
 
More about this marker. The location, 22nd Avenue Northwest and Ballard Avenue Northwest, is where the Ballard City Hall once stood. It's now known as Marvin's Garden, a tiny park named after Marvin Sjoberg, a local character who died in 1989. While Marvin Sjoberg never showed up on any election ballot, he was vested with the honorary title of "Mayor of Ballard" sometime in the 1950s or 1960s. Somewhere in this tiny triangular splinter of a park was once a bronze plaque proclaiming: "Dedicated in honor of Marvin Sjoberg, Mayor of Ballard, April 4, 1975."
 
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Ballard Avenue Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Ann Bugajsky, February 20, 2010
4. Ballard Avenue Historic District Marker
Inlaid compass in the floor of the bell tower image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Ann Bugajsky, February 20, 2010
5. Inlaid compass in the floor of the bell tower
Ballard Avenue Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Ann Bugajsky, February 20, 2010
6. Ballard Avenue Historic District Marker
 
 
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