In northeast Seattle most of the neighborhood names are those of real estate developments such as Wedgwood, which originally was only a plat name.
The builder of the Wedgwood group of houses, Albert Balch, did not deliberately set out to name the neighborhood. The name caught on gradually and gained popularity when businesses began using it.
Bryant is the neighborhood along the southern portion of 35th Ave NE, northeast of the University Village area.
Prior to Balch’s Wedgwood houses which he started building in 1941, there had been a Morningside real estate promotion which gave its name to the neighborhood in the 1920s. From the 1940s, the Wedgwood name became the strongest identifier of the neighborhood so that in 1954, the Seattle School District chose it for the new Wedgwood School.
Other real estate developments in northeast Seattle including LaVilla, Inverness, Laurelhurst, Hawthorne Hills, View Ridge (also by Albert Balch) and Lake City, all gave their names to their neighborhoods.
One neighborhood name, Meadowbrook, was derived from the golf course at the present site of Nathan Hale High School. This was a gradual process where the name seemed to “stick” while other, previously-used names faded.
Before Meadowbrook, a real estate development at NE 110th Street, Chelsea, had been advertised in the 1920s as an area of new homes for young couples. The name Chelsea faded in use as the Meadowbrook Golf Course became the most prominent identifying feature at NE 110th Street.
The name Meadowbrook had enough staying power to continue to be used even after the golf course closed and a new high school was built on the former golf course site. In 1961 area residents petitioned to have the new high school named “Meadowbrook.” But the school district applied rules of how schools were named, and chose “Nathan Hale.”
This blog article will tell about the designation of the name “Bryant” for the neighborhood near Bryant School at 3311 NE 60th Street, and the businesses that developed nearby, along 35th Ave NE in early years.