A model, a photographer & a side-kick, Ballard, WAOn my way to Ballard Locks, I got sidetracked by a sign leading to Historic Ballard and found many splendid late 1800's and early 1900's buildings. (I could not resist snapping a photo of this interesting group.)
Hansen Building, built ca. 1905, 5101 Ballard Ave.The sign on the side of the building is posted by The Ballard Historical Society with the following description: "Built by Swan Hansen, the president of the Horse Shoe Mining Co., this elegant brick structure was home to the Henry Brothers Saloon. By 1908 the Pederson & Olsen Bar took up residence on the ground floor and stayed until Prohibition. during the dry years, Walter Forrester operated the Ballard Hand Laundry, which was reputedly a speakeasy. The laundry remained in business until the '50s. In 1971 the owners began restoring the building, which sparked the preservation movement on Ballard Avenue."
Yarn store, Ballard Ave.
The area has very interesting stores, many restaurants, and more bars that I've ever seen on a three block stretch.