Wedgwood in northeast Seattle is a residential neighborhood with a vibrant commercial district along its central north-south arterial, 35th Ave NE. The neighborhood still had large tracts of vacant land until after World War Two ended in 1945. Then the area began to be built up with housing for young couples, starting out new lives after the war.
The concept of “neighborhood boundaries” is a bit arbitrary. The boundaries were emphasized by Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods when it was formed in the 1980s, to help give a sense of identity and area of influence. The boundaries of the Wedgwood neighborhood are NE 75th to 95th Streets, 25th to 45th Avenues NE, and west to Lake City Way between NE 85th to 95th Streets. Here’s a link to the City of Seattle neighborhood map (misspelled Wedgewood!)
Wedgwood’s neighbors to the south are Bryant, Hawthorne Hills, Ravenna and View Ridge. To the north is Meadowbrook and Lake City. Wedgwood’s eastern border is with the Sand Point Country Club and Inverness, located on the ridge above Lake Washington. Farther east is LaVilla, Matthews Beach and Sand Point.
Like many other northeast Seattle neighborhoods, Wedgwood acquired a name which had been invented by a real estate developer. In 1941 Albert Balch started with one section of land and named it the Wedgwood plat.
Balch acquired more nearby tracts of land and built more houses, and by the end of the 1940s the Wedgwood name had caught on and was being used by local businesses.
It was not until 1954 that the entire Wedgwood neighborhood came into the City Limits of Seattle. By 1954 when the neighborhood got its own elementary school, the name Wedgwood seemed the most appropriate for the school, as it had come into general use. The first Wedgwood Community Club used the school attendance boundaries to define the boundaries of the neighborhood in the 1950s.
What about the “e” in Wedgwood??? Today most businesses spell it “Wedgwood” not WedgEwood, because they know the story of how the name came about.
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