AKA: Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch #1, Ballard, Seattle, WA; Carnegie Free Public Library, Ballard, WA

Structure Type: built works - social and civic buildings - libraries

Designers: Ryan, Henderson, Architect (firm); Henderson Ryan (architect/building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1903-1904

2 stories

2026 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107-4012

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Ballard was an independent two until annexed by Seattle in 1907.

With its projecting pedimented gable and classical pilasters, this Neo-Classical Revival library was the first to be paid for, in part, by the Andrew Carnegie Corporation in the Seattle area. (In 1904, Ballard was still an independent township; it was not until 1907 that it was annexed and this facility became a branch of Seattle Public Library System. This branch facility served as a community lending and school library and an ESL learning center. This former library accommodated the local business, Pandora's Castle in 1975. In 2006, it functioned as a restaurant.

University of Washington Department of Architecture Professor, Folke Nyberg, and his students designated this building as "significant to the city" in a survey of Seattle's historic architecture conducted in 1975.

Shrubbery was planted at this library by a landscape gardener in 1914. (See Daniel B. Trefethen, Twenty-fourth Annual Report of the Seattle Public Library, 1914, [Dearborn Printing Company, 1914], p. 6.)

PCAD id: 6758