Category Archives: Architecture

Seattle’s Immigrant Photographer: Werner Lenggenhager

Werner Lenggenhager (1899-1988) was a Swiss immigrant who lived in Australia and California before coming to Seattle in 1939 at age 40.  A trip home to Switzerland in 1949 made Lenggenhager realize that historic buildings are not always valued until … Continue reading

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The Future of 35th Ave NE in Wedgwood

What is the future of 35th Ave NE?  This arterial corridor through the Wedgewood neighborhood of Seattle has businesses clustered mainly at the intersections of NE 75th and 85th Streets.  As buildings at these intersections age and are replaced, we … Continue reading

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The Theodora in Northeast Seattle

The (former) Theodora building in northeast Seattle, located on 35th Ave NE closest to the corner of NE 68th Street, went through a transition to new use and became a regular apartment building called The Mod in the year 2016. … Continue reading

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Pacific Northwest Regional Architecture

In the Pacific Northwest, modern architecture has been described as Northwest Regionalism.  From the 1930’s to the 1970’s the University of Washington in Seattle was the incubator of architects and a modernist movement.  In their work these architects expressed the … Continue reading

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Requiem for the Big Green House

Some neighborhoods of Seattle have any number of houses which are one hundred years old or older, but in Wedgwood the number of hundred-year-old houses is very small.   One was the Big Green House at 7321 35th Ave NE … Continue reading

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Tour Two Modern Homes in Wedgwood – Saturday, August 10, 2013

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Docomomo WEWA and 360°modern invite you to a summer tour of two homes designed by Paul Hayden Kirk in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood. The two houses open for view on 28th Ave NE were built for real…

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Albert Balch, Part Six: Architecture and Neighborhoods

Albert Balch, developer of Wedgwood, constantly watched trends and looked ahead to anticipate “the next thing” in the building of houses and neighborhoods. Balch saw that in the period following the end of World War Two, people were spreading out … Continue reading

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Albert Balch, Part Four: A New Development in Wedgwood

In the year 1940 Albert Balch was 37 years old and he was at a turning point both personally and professionally.  He had been married seven years and his family had expanded to four children.  His father and mother had … Continue reading

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Houses in Wedgwood: from Craftsman to Balch

All of Wedgwood didn’t come within the Seattle City limits until 1954, and up until that time the neighborhood retained its rural character. Wedgwood was thinly populated and there were many vacant lots whose owners were holding land as an investment.  Many … Continue reading

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Brick and Stucco in Wedgwood

Some neighborhoods of Seattle are characterized by a certain style of house, because the majority of their houses were built during that style’s period of popularity.  Wallingford, for example, is known for its blocks of Craftsman houses built in a … Continue reading

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