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.
In this year of 2018 it seems that there are tear-downs all around. Soon there will be 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 3103 house will be demolished and replaced. The lot has been subdivided for the building of two new houses.
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.)
Tear-down is imminent 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.
Another demolition scheduled for the year 2018 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 is the last remaining building from the former Shearwater Housing lived in by Navy families.