Seattle in King County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Ballard Avenue Historic District / Ballard City Hall Bell
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.
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. Touch 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 3 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 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); Fremont Bridge (approx. 2.2 miles away); You're Now a Part of History (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2010, by Kathy Ann Bugajsky of Seattle, Washington. This page has been viewed 1,365 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 21, 2010, by Kathy Ann Bugajsky of Seattle, Washington. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.