The Big Green House at 7321 35th Ave NE was demolished in February 2015 and townhouses were built in its place.
When I started this blog in January 2012 I did not anticipate that, as time went on, I would have to do so many updates to my articles as changes have taken place in the Wedgwood neighborhood. I wrote about some houses which I knew would eventually be torn down, such as the Big Green House.
There have been other demolitions which were unpleasant surprises, such as The Farmhouse, and I had to add a postscript on my blog article to tell that the house is gone now, and two new houses are in its place.
In this year of 2018 it seems that there are tear-downs all around. In August there was the demolition of 3103 NE 80th Street, a house built in 1956 which had replaced an older house that I wrote about (The House in the Road). Now ironically in its turn, the present house has been demolished to be replaced by a new-style house.
The clock is ticking for some other structures in Wedgwood which we know will eventually be torn down, such as the Blue House (no demolition permit on file yet, as of this writing.)
Townhouses are being crammed into spaces of the former office buildings built by Albert Balch, developer of the original Wedgwood.
Demolition occurred on August 8, 2018, for Balch’s original real estate office at 8044 35th Ave NE.
I am very sad that my efforts to get this building historically landmarked were not successful, and I am very disappointed that Wedgwood’s community-planning efforts, including a request to adjust the zoning on this block to preserve the business district, have been ignored by Seattle City Council. What is wanted by Wedgwoodians is retail storefronts, but due to the zoning issues, townhouses are being built in former commercial sites.
Demolition of 8044 35th Ave NE on August 8, 2018. This original Balch office building will be replaced by townhouses like those at right. A very big thank-you to a neighborhood resident who drove by and took these photos — I could not get there in time.
The story of Shearwater and the remaining Decatur Annex building
Another demolition which is pending, is of a no-longer-used building called the Decatur Annex on the corner of NE 77th Street and 43rd Ave NE, on the site of Decatur School. The Decatur Annex, pictured below, is the last remaining building from the former Shearwater Housing lived in by Navy families, built in 1945.
The Decatur Annex faces NE 77th Street nearest to 43rd Ave NE.