I first saw this photo in Julie D. Pheasant-Albright’s book Early Ballard (pg. 49), with a caption that reads: “the Illinois Grocery, pictured (above) in 1910, stood at the corner of Leary and Seventeenth NW.” Note the word stood, the past tense of stand, as in no longer there. And it’s true this building does not stand at Leary and 17th. It does in fact stand one block south, at 17th and Ballard Ave and Ballard Way.
Pheasant-Albright got the photo from the UW Special Collections (shown here), which also misidentifies its location. Maybe the building was moved one block, but I doubt it. Instead, it appears that Pheasant-Albright — “fourth-generation Ballardite and granddaughter of the first president of the Ballard Commercial Club and first chairman of Ballard Hospital” – unquestioningly perpetuated the UW’s mistake. Frankly, I’m amazed it was left to me, a relative newcomer to the neighborhood — a carpetbagger and commuter, in Pheasant-Albright’s parlance — to expose the error.