Frank Pyle, like many of the pioneers in Ballard, served the community in a variety of ways over the years. He was an early town marshal of the community, served at one time as superintendent of lights, as street commissioner and as head of the water works. After retiring from public service he opened a saloon called the Depot Exchange at about 5419 Ballard Avenue, where his name is still inset in the tiles of the building entrance.
That’s from a 2007 article by Susan Cook in the Highline Times. Today, 5419 Ballard Avenue is the Ballard Kavu store (below). We have hex tiles in our bathroom with similar blue accents. I’ve warned Lisa that it’s just a matter of time until I rearrange them to spell my name.