Author Archives: Wedgwood in Seattle History

About Wedgwood in Seattle History

Valarie is a volunteer writer of neighborhood history in Seattle.

Binek’s Electric Bakery, a Beloved Business in Wedgwood in the 1950s

During the World War Two years of the 1940s the population of Seattle swelled with military and with civilian workers. People left other states in the USA to come to Seattle and get jobs in wartime industries such as Boeing … Continue reading

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A House of Creativity in Wedgwood

Many artists, writers, and others in creative pursuits have made their home in the Wedgwood neighborhood in northeast Seattle. The house at 7756 30th Ave NE was designed and built in 1941 by an artist who drew cartoons and portraits … Continue reading

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Immigrants in the Earl J. McLaughlin Plat in Wedgwood

A “plat” is a section of land, any size, for which a plan of streets and lots is laid out. Plats are given a name by the real estate company or developer.  Many neighborhood names are derived from plat names, … Continue reading

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Immigrants in the Oneida Gardens Plat in Wedgwood

In the 1920s and 1930s the (future) Wedgwood neighborhood in northeast Seattle became the home of numbers of immigrants, most especially from Germany, Holland and Sweden. East of 35th Ave NE in what was called the Oneida Gardens blocks, many … Continue reading

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Before There Was a Wedgwood Safeway: From Rural to Urban

The area around the NE 75th Street intersection in Wedgwood never had an organized scheme of development.  As a result, people who came to live there in the 1920s saw startling changes over the years in everything from road grading … Continue reading

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Before There Was a Wedgwood Safeway: the Plat of Public Lands

Today’s Wedgwood neighborhood is defined as extending from NE 75th to 95th Streets along the central arterial of 35th Ave NE. These “boundaries” are arbitrary but were suggested by the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods in the 1980s to … Continue reading

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House-Moving from Shearwater in Wedgwood

In January 1972 a very unusual house-moving event took place in the Wedgwood neighborhood in northeast Seattle.  Twelve small houses (600 square feet each) were moved from 40th Ave NE near Decatur School, to 7320 35th Ave NE in the … Continue reading

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House-Moving from Dahl Field in Wedgwood

In the 1940s and 1950s the Wedgwood neighborhood in northeast Seattle began to take on its identity. The Wedgwood name gradually came into popular use when local businesses began using it, and it was solidified by the choosing of the … Continue reading

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The Busy Growing Years of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Seattle

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church has a storied history as one of the oldest congregations in the Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle, second only to Wedgwood Presbyterian Church. A Catholic parish called St. Ignatius began in the neighborhood in … Continue reading

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Vision 2020

To have 20/20 vision refers to a measure of sharpness of eyesight, being able to see clearly at 20 feet, what should normally be seen at that distance.  In this new year of 2020 we may apply the concept of … Continue reading

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