6317 15th Avenue NE, built 1910. Current status: This house was demolished on July 24, 2012.
The Bards lived here when this picture was taken.
Sydney Bard bought this house about 1930 and lived there with various combinations of her children (Mary, Betty, Cleve, Dede, and Alison), Betty's daughters Anne and Joan, and friends until 1942. Pictured are Betty MacDonald, Sydney Bard, and Mary Bard Jensen in 1949.
The household was a haven during the darkest days of the Great Depression, and many friends took shelter there for days, weeks, or even years at a time. Mary's friendship with Florence and Burton James, founders of the Seattle Repertory Playhouse, meant that the household often played host to impromptu cast parties.
Roosevelt High School (shown in 1952), Betty's alma mater, is one and one-half blocks north.
"To me that night, and always, that shabby house with its broad welcoming porch, dark woodwork, cluttered dining room plate rail, large fragrant kitchen, easy book-filled firelit living room, four elastic bedrooms -- one of them always ice-cold -- roomy old-fashioned bathrooms and huge cluttered basement, represents the ultimate in charm, warmth and luxury" (Anybody Can Do Anything).