If the grand opening of the Hotel Ballard was the hottest ticket in Ballard this past Saturday, it was closely followed by the opening of the Nightingale Gallery at 2215 NW Market Street. There wasn’t a red carpet, but there was food and drink. MyBallard.com has the pre-opening story here, including some pictures of the space, which formerly housed Market Street Shoes (now located across the street). There was a little too much Dave Matthews for my taste, but otherwise a lot of cool stuff. I’m sure we weren’t the only folks to leave the opening with a print of the above picture by local artist Steve Konz.
This looked familiar in the store/gallery, not just because the Ballard Building and Kress Building — the two buildings shown — are almost directly across the street and visible from the gallery window. But also because it’s very clearly based on the above photograph from 1946.
The book Early Ballard includes a reproduction of an invitation to the Bagdad Theatre’s grand opening on Saturday May 28, 1927, and has this to say about the theatre itself:
The Bagdad was just one of many theaters in Ballard, including the Majestic (renamed the Roxy, then the Bay), the Crystal, the Woodland, and the Bat. The Bagdad was reincarnated as the Backstage in the 1970s, and eventually would become part of what is now the Ballard Athletic Club. The entrance can still be discerned in the slight rise in the bakery that stands on the site in the Ballard Building.
Have to admit I never noticed the slight rise in the bakery. And here below is another historic photo of Market Street. This one from 1939.