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Throwback Thursday: Sunset Hill back in the day

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on January 28th, 2016

This week, we wanted to take a look back at some photos of Sunset Hill in times gone by. Have more photo? Email

The below photo was taken outside Quality Market on Sunset Hill in 1935.

The view from Sunset Hill Park (7531 34th Ave NW) in 1935. Sunset Hill Park was a gift to Ballard by Mr. and Mrs. Moomaw and Mr. and Mrs. Anderson in 1903.


The below photo of Gilman Park Apartments at the bottom of Sunset Hill (address as seen in the photo as 1505 W 60th St) was taken in 1937. The building is still standing and currently houses Liberty Tax Services and Pasta Bella (pictured below).

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Photo and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

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9 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Profile photo of Mondoman Mondoman // Jan 28, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    The Gilman Pk Apts building pictured is on 15th Ave NW, halfway between Market St and Ballard High School — in my view, that’s nowhere near Sunset Hill, which runs roughly along 32nd Ave NW. Am I wrong?

  • 2 Uncle Snuffy // Jan 29, 2016 at 7:29 am

    I agree. While the photo of the apts. is nice, it’s not Sunset Hill. Show more photos of the business that used to be around 32nd and 65th. Maybe show the old business at the corner of 32nd and 75th? It’s an apartment building now.

  • 3 Barb // Jan 29, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Agreed on both comments. Sunset Hill was an amazing place to grow up. Great memories, but these miss the mark, sorry.

  • 4 Brando // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    The eastern extent of Sunset Hill is essentially 28th where there is a slight change in the grid from Loyal Heights to the east.

  • 5 communitymember // Jan 29, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    i see this building in question has been addressed. a little research maybe?

  • 6 JoJo // Jan 29, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    The apartment building was a gas/service station prior to being an apartment building.

  • 7 Auntie // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Can anyone please tell me about the streetcar track in the first picture? Is that 28th?

  • 8 Josh // Feb 1, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Sunset Hill is everything west of 28th Ave NW. I used to live south of 65th and it was still Sunset Hill. We used to joke that the part east of 32nd was “Sunrise Hill” since you couldn’t see any points west like Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains.
    Nice to know who donated the land for Sunset Hill Park. I never knew that. And yes, 28th Ave NW used to have street car service but I am not sure when it ended. Of course people used to hunt birds in Blue Ridge/North Crown Hill but that would get you into a pair of matching SPD bracelets these days. (handcuffs)

  • 9 trellecfe // Feb 17, 2016 at 3:42 am

    Sunset Hill Park was a gift to Ballard by Mr. and Mrs. Moomaw and Mr. and Mrs. Anderson in 1903. Where is this information?

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