Great Day for Ballard

History lovers from near (as in Ballard) and far (as in Phoenix and Texas) enjoyed the 2013 Ballard Historical Society tour on Sunday, June 23. Visitors respectfully removed their shoes, then wandered through the rooms to admire the details in wood, glass and tile. Homeowners were on hand to explain their efforts to maintain or restore their homes and tell the stories of their ownership as well as of previous generations who had lived in their homes. Phrases such as “the gnome house,” “the ferry house,” “the wavy roof house” and “the house with all the interior windows” were used to describe these unique seven homes of enduring style and craftsmanship that have never been featured on the Ballard Classic Homes Tour.

What would we do without the homeowners who readied their houses, got out the old pictures and documented their work? Our first thanks goes to them. Next, our thanks to the volunteer docents, who welcomed or counted visitors and settled in for a shift (in exchange for free tickets to see the other homes). Several local businesses partnered to sell tickets, and we hope you’ll stop into Sunset Hill Green Market, Secret Garden Bookshop, Johnson & Johnson Antiques, and RE Store to thank them. Historical society tours require lots of coordinating, and for this we thank Lesli Billings, Ballard Historical Society trustee. This was Lesli’s second round as Classic Homes Tour Coordinator. Other BHS trustees photographed, publicized, and did the numbers to help make the tour succeed.

Did you attend the tour? Let us know your favorite details by submitting a comment below, or by posting on our Facebook or Twitter pages (search for BallardHistory). If you’d like to learn more about what’s going on in Ballard, subscribe using the box to the right (no worries, we post infrequently and never share addresses). Please consider a membership to support tours and other informational programs on Ballard history, transportation and culture. Memberships are as low as $20 per year, and we need your help to preserve and celebrate Ballard’s unique history and culture.

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Great Day for Ballard

c 2013 ballard historical society do not use without permissionHistory lovers from near (as in Ballard) and far (as in Phoenix and Texas) enjoyed the 2013 Ballard Historical Society tour on Sunday, June 23. Visitors respectfully removed their shoes, then wandered through the rooms to admire the details in wood, glass and tile. Homeowners were on hand to explain their efforts to maintain or restore their homes and tell the stories of their ownership as well as of previous generations who had lived in their homes. Phrases such as “the gnome house,” “the ferry house,” “the wavy roof house” and “the house with all the interior windows” were used to describe these unique seven homes of enduring style and craftsmanship that have never been featured on the Ballard Classic Homes Tour.

What would we do without the homeowners who readied their houses, got out the old pictures and documented their work? Our first thanks goes to them. Next, our thanks to the volunteer docents, who welcomed or counted visitors and settled in for a shift (in exchange for free tickets to see the other homes). Several local businesses partnered to sell tickets, and we hope you’ll stop into Sunset Hill Green Market, Secret Garden Bookshop, Johnson & Johnson Antiques, and RE Store to thank them. Historical society tours require lots of coordinating, and for this we thank Lesli Billings, Ballard Historical Society trustee. This was Lesli’s second round as Classic Homes Tour Coordinator. Other BHS trustees photographed, publicized, and did the numbers to help make the tour succeed.

Did you attend the tour? Let us know your favorite details by submitting a comment below, or by posting on our Facebook or Twitter pages (search for BallardHistory). If you’d like to learn more about what’s going on in Ballard, subscribe using the box to the right (no worries, we post infrequently and never share addresses). Please consider a membership to support tours and other informational programs on Ballard history, transportation and culture. Memberships are as low as $20 per year, and we need your help to preserve and celebrate Ballard’s unique history and culture.

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Today

fireplace

One of many lovely details

Looking for something to do in Ballard today? The much-awaited Ballard Classic Home Tour is today! Buy at Tour Headquarters beginning at 9:30 a.m. Location: 3003 N.W. 66th Street, Ballard.

The tour lasts until 4:00 p.m., but be sure to allow about two hours to travel between and to enjoy all seven homes.

Today’s tour features seven homes of unique character and modern livability, never featured before. Three of them celebrate their 100th birthdays! Owners and volunteer docents are eager to share the details with you. It all begins at the Sunset Hill Community Association, 3003 N.W. 66th Street, in Ballard.

Here are the rules :-)

  • The tour is self-guided; no transportation is provided.
  • Homes are not wheelchair accessible; there will be stairs and uneven sidewalks.
  • Guests will kindly remove shoes before entering homes.
  • No children under the age of 12; babes in arms are allowed.
  • No food or drink.
  • No cameras or video equipment.
  • Only a limited number of people will be allowed in one house at a time.
  • Due to the location of a few of the homes, parking may be required some distance away.

Please direct media and other inquiries to tour coordinator Lesli Billings at retroreno@comcast.net.

As you go, like us on on Facebook and Twitter. Just search for BallardHistory. (But remember, no pictures inside the homes.)

Our 2010 tour

Our 2010 tour

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Advance Tickets Available through Saturday 6/22

The much-awaited Ballard Classic Home Tour is Sunday, June 23! Purchase tickets one of three ways:

  1. On Sunday: Buy at Tour Headquarters beginning at 9:30 a.m. Location: 3003 N.W. 66th Street, Ballard. (The tour lasts until 4:00 p.m., but be sure to allow about two hours to travel between and view all seven homes.)
  2. Until end of day Saturday June 22nd: Buy tickets online.
  3. Until end of day Saturday June 22nd: Buy at one of the retail stores listed below, using cash or check.

    Sneak Peak of Kicthen in Selected Ballard Classic Home

    Sneak Peak of Kicthen in Selected Ballard Classic Home

Why go?

  1. We’ve selected seven vintage Ballard residences of unique character and modern livability that have never been featured. Built by skilled craftsmen, the seven vintage homes exemplify lasting quality. You’re bound to find inspiration for your home.
  2. The event happens only once every three years, so don’t miss it in 2013! Meet owners and docents who can share the histories of these durable and classic homes.
  3. Say “Happy Birthday!” Three of the homes celebrate their 100th birthdays! Get in on the birthday action by purchasing a ticket or stopping by the Tour Headquarters on Sunday.

Local retailers (cash or check only)

  • Sunset Hill Green Market, 6405 32nd Ave. N.W., 206 784-7594
  • Secret Garden Bookshop, 2214 N.W. Market Street, 206 789-5006
  • Johnson & Johnson Antiques, 6820 Greenwood Ave. North, 206 789-6489
  • RE Store, 1440 N.W. 52nd Street, 206 297-9119

When: Sunday June 23rd, 2013 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All tickets are will-call only. Exchange tickets beginning at 9:30 AM on the day of the tour for a brochure with locations. Where: Tour starts at Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse, 3003 N.W. 66th Street, Ballard. Tour Guidelines

  • The tour is self-guided; no transportation is provided.
  • Homes are not wheelchair accessible; there will be stairs and uneven sidewalks.
  • Guests will kindly remove shoes before entering homes.
  • No children under the age of 12; babes in arms are allowed.
  • No food or drink.
  • No cameras or video equipment.
  • Only a limited number of people will be allowed in one house at a time.
  • Due to the location of a few of the homes, parking may be required some distance away.

Please direct media and other inquiries to tour coordinator Lesli Billings at retroreno@comcast.net. We’re on Facebook and Twitter. Just search for BallardHistory.

About the Tour
The Ballard Classic Home Tour is BHS’ biggest fundraiser, which enables the organization to take part in community projects; present free informative lectures related to Ballard’s History and maintain its archives.

About the Ballard Historical Society
The Ballard Historical Society was formed in 1988 and is dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the unique history and culture of Ballard, Washington. The society is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides community and educational programs and maintains an extensive photo archives.

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Last-Minute Tickets for Ballard Classic Home Tour

Docent_CroppedThe much-awaited Ballard Classic Home Tour is Sunday, June 23! Purchase tickets one of three ways:

  1. On Sunday: Buy at Tour Headquarters beginning at 9:30 a.m. Location: 3003 N.W. 66th Street, Ballard. (The tour lasts until 4:00 p.m., but be sure to allow about two hours to travel between and view all seven homes.)
  2. Until end of day Saturday: Buy tickets online.
  3. Until end of day Saturday: Buy at one of the retail stores listed below, using cash or check.

Why go?

  1. We’ve selected seven vintage Ballard residences of unique character and modern livability that have never been featured. Built by skilled craftsmen, the seven vintage homes exemplify lasting quality. You’re bound to find inspiration for your home.
  2. The event happens only once every three years, so don’t miss it in 2013! Meet owners and docents who can share the histories of these durable and classic homes.
  3. Say “Happy Birthday!” Three of the homes celebrate their 100th birthdays! Get in on the birthday action by purchasing a ticket or stopping by the Tour Headquarters on Sunday.

Local retailers (cash or check only)

  • Sunset Hill Green Market, 6405 32nd Ave. N.W., 206 784-7594
  • Secret Garden Bookshop, 2214 N.W. Market Street, 206 789-5006
  • Johnson & Johnson Antiques, 6820 Greenwood Ave. North, 206 789-6489
  • RE Store, 1440 N.W. 52nd Street, 206 297-9119

When: Sunday June 23rd, 2013 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All tickets are will-call only. Exchange tickets beginning at 9:30 AM on the day of the tour for a brochure with locations.

Where: Tour starts at Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse, 3003 N.W. 66th Street, Ballard.

Tour Guidelines

  • The tour is self-guided; no transportation is provided.
  • Homes are not wheelchair accessible; there will be stairs and uneven sidewalks.
  • Guests will kindly remove shoes before entering homes.
  • No children under the age of 12; babes in arms are allowed.
  • No food or drink.
  • No cameras or video equipment.
  • Only a limited number of people will be allowed in one house at a time.
  • Due to the location of a few of the homes, parking may be required some distance away.

Please direct media and other inquiries to tour coordinator Lesli Billings at retroreno@comcast.net. We’re on Facebook and Twitter. Just search for BallardHistory.

About the Tour
The Ballard Classic Home Tour is BHS’ biggest fundraiser, which enables the organization to take part in community projects; present free informative lectures related to Ballard’s History and maintain its archives.

About the Ballard Historical Society
The Ballard Historical Society was formed in 1988 and is dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the unique history and culture of Ballard, Washington. The society is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides community and educational programs and maintains an extensive photo archive.

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Purchase Tickets for June 23 Ballard Classic Home Tour

7005050675_6a26320d85_sJune 1 marks the first day that local businesses will offer tickets for the Ballard Classic Home Tour on Sunday, June 23, 2013. We’ve selected seven vintage Ballard residences of unique character and modern livability for you to see. Three of the homes celebrate their 100th birthdays! To get in on the birthday action, stop by the following local retailers to purchase tickets for $20 using cash or check: 

  • Sunset Hill Green Market, 6405 32nd Ave. N.W., 206 784-7594
  • Secret Garden Bookshop, 2214 N.W. Market Street, 206 789-5006
  • Johnson & Johnson Antiques, 6820 Greenwood Ave. North, 206 789-6489
  • RE Store, 1440 N.W. 52nd Street, 206 297-9119

Thank you to these local businesses for supporting the tour. Other ticket info: Out-of-town friends can purchase tickets online (anytime). In addition, a limited number of tickets are available day of the tour.

Built by skilled craftsmen, the seven vintage homes exemplify lasting quality that continues to support generations of Ballard families. This event happens only once every three years, so don’t miss it in 2013!

When: Sunday June 23rd, 2013 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All tickets are will-call only. Exchange your tickets beginning at 9:30 AM day of tour for a brochure with locations.
Where: Tour starts at Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse, 3003 N.W. 66th Street, Ballard.

We also need tour guides (we call them tour “docents”) to work one shift at a home. In exchange, you’ll receive free tickets for the other half of the tour, to visit all of the homes on the tour. Please contact Lesli Billings at retroreno@comcast.net for details.

About the Tour
The Ballard Classic Home Tour is BHS’ biggest fundraiser, which enables the organization to take part in community projects; present free informative lectures related to Ballard’s History and maintain its archives.

About the Ballard Historical Society
The Ballard Historical Society was formed in 1988 and is dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the unique history and culture of Ballard, Washington. The society is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides community and educational programs and maintains an extensive photo archive.

Tour Guidelines

  • It is a self-guided tour; no transportation is provided.
  • It is not wheelchair accessible; there will be stairs and uneven sidewalks.
  • Guests will kindly remove shoes before entering homes.
  • No children under the age of 12; babes in arms are allowed.
  • No food or drink.
  • No cameras or video equipment.
  • Only a limited number of people will be allowed in a house at a time.
  • Due to the location of a few of the homes, parking may be required some distance away.

Please direct media and other inquiries to tour coordinator Lesli Billings at retroreno@comcast.net. Buy tickets for 2013 Ballard Classic Home Tour

We’re on Facebook and Twitter. Just search for BallardHistory.

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Tickets Available for 2013 Ballard Classic Home Tour

Sandwich Board

One of several ticket sellers

You’re invited! We’ve selected seven lovely homes for you to see on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Tickets are available online (anytime) or at several local retailers beginning June 1. Thank you to REStore, Secret Garden Bookshop, Johnson & Johnson Antiques and Sunset Hill Green Market for selling tickets. A limited number of tickets are also available day of the tour.

Purchase your tickets now for this year’s tour, featuring seven vintage Ballard residences of unique character and modern livability. Built by skilled craftsmen, these homes exemplify lasting quality that continues to support generations of Ballard families. This event happens only once every three years, so don’t miss it in 2013!

When: Sunday June 23rd, 2013 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All tickets are will-call only. Exchange your tickets beginning at 9:30 AM day of tour for a brochure with locations.
Where: Tour starts at Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse, 3003 N.W. 66th Street, Ballard.

We also need tour guides (we call them tour “docents”) to work one shift at a home. In exchange, you’ll receive free tickets for the other half of the tour, to visit all of the homes on the tour. Please contact Lesli Billings at retroreno@comcast.net for details.

About the Tour
The Ballard Classic Home Tour is BHS’ biggest fundraiser, which enables the organization to take part in community projects; present free informative lectures related to Ballard’s History and maintain its archives.

About the Ballard Historical Society
The Ballard Historical Society was formed in 1988 and is dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the unique history and culture of Ballard, Washington. The society is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides community and educational programs and maintains an extensive photo archive.

Tour Guidelines

  • It is a self-guided tour; no transportation is provided.
  • It is not wheelchair accessible; there will be stairs and uneven sidewalks.
  • Guests will kindly remove shoes before entering homes.
  • No children under the age of 12; babes in arms are allowed.
  • No food or drink.
  • No cameras or video equipment.
  • Only a limited number of people will be allowed in a house at a time.
  • Due to the location of a few of the homes, parking may be required some distance away.

Please direct media and other inquiries to tour coordinator Lesli Billings at retroreno@comcast.net. Buy tickets for 2013 Ballard Classic Home Tour

We’re on Facebook and Twitter. Just search for BallardHistory.

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Syttende Mai 2013

BHS_SyttendeMai2013_WalkingIt’s always fun to see friends and neighbors as we proceed through the Syttende Mai parade. So many glimpses of recognition and appreciation of our history. Where were you stationed when you waves and smiled at us? 24th Avenue NW, or NW Market Street, or Leary Avenue NW? Let the fun and nostalgia continue… In 2013, we hope some of you will become members and buy tickets for the 2013 Ballard Classic Home Tour !

Purchase your tickets now for this year’s tour, featuring seven vintage Ballard residences of unique character and modern livability. Built by skilled craftsmen, these homes exemplify lasting quality that continues to support generations of Ballard families. This event happens only once every three years and is not to be missed in 2013.

The Ballard Classic Home Tour is BHS’ biggest fundraiser, which enables the organization to take part in community projects; present free informative lectures related to Ballard’s history and maintain its archives. New: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Twitter@ballardhistory and https://www.facebook.com/BallardHistory

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2013 Classic Home Tour Tickets

Buy tickets for 2013 Ballard Classic Home Tour

Purchase your tickets now for this year’s tour, featuring seven vintage Ballard residences of unique character and modern livability. Built by skilled craftsmen, these homes exemplify lasting quality that continues to support generations of Ballard families. This event happens only once every three years and is not to be missed in 2013.

When: Sunday June 23rd, 2013 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All tickets are will-call only. Exchange your tickets beginning at 9:30 AM day of tour for a brochure with locations.
Where: Tour starts at Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse, 3003 N.W. 66th Street, Ballard.

About the Tour
The Ballard Classic Home Tour is BHS’ biggest fundraiser, which enables the organization to take part in community projects; present free informative lectures related to Ballard’s History and maintain its archives. Do you have friends and neighbors interested in the tour? Encourage them to sign up for our blog to the right at “Sign up.” New: You can now follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Twitter@ballardhistory and
https://www.facebook.com/BallardHistory

About the Ballard Historical Society
The Ballard Historical Society was formed in 1988 and is dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the unique history and culture of Ballard, Washington. The society is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides community and educational programs and maintains an extensive photo archive.

About Ballard
Ballard was a separate city until 1907, when it was annexed to Seattle. Ballard had its own city government, complete with City Hall and Mayor. Ballard Historical Society’s photographic archives, with over 1,000 images, document this interesting history.
Alternative Ticket Outlets
Tickets will also be available for purchase by cash and check at local Ballard businesses starting June 1st, 2013: REStore, Secret Garden Bookshop, Johnson & Johnson Antiques and Sunset Hill Green Market. A limited number of additional tickets will be available day of the tour, June 23, at the Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse. Please note all tickets must be exchanged for the tour booklet on June 23 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse, 3003 N.W. 66th Street.

Tour Guidelines

  • It is a self-guided tour; no transportation is provided.
  • It is not wheelchair accessible; there will be stairs and uneven sidewalks.
  • Guests will kindly remove shoes before entering homes.
  • No children under the age of 12; babes in arms are allowed.
  • No food or drink.
  • No cameras or video equipment.
  • Only a limited number of people will be allowed in a house at a time.
  • Due to the location of a few of the homes, parking may be required some distance away.

Please direct media and other inquiries to tour coordinator Lesli Billings at retroreno@comcast.net. Buy tickets for 2013 Ballard Classic Home Tour

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Become a Volunteer Tour Guide

Docent_CroppedYou too can be Cruise Director for a day, just like Julie McCoy in The Love Boat! The Ballard Historical Society needs guides — we call them docents — for the 2013 Classic Home Tour on Sunday, June 23. Tour docents work a three-hour shift — and get to attend the tour free the other half of the day with a complimentary ticket.

No experience is required, just a love of Ballard and old homes! Docents are placed on each floor of the home and answer questions from tour attendees.

Simply attend our Classic Home Tour docent orientation held one evening in mid-June. There, you will be briefed on tour procedures and will meet the homeowners’ of your assigned house. Many returning volunteer docents will be there as well. If being a docent is not your thing, we are also in need of volunteers for ticket sales at our CHT headquarters, the Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse.  Please contact Lesli Billings at retroreno@comcast.net to sign up.

Send your friends online to buy additional tickets for 2013 Ballard Classic Home Tour

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