Category Archives: Architecture

Historic Preservation: Northwest Modern Architecture in North Seattle

The Seattle Landmark Ordinance provides that a structure may be eligible for historic preservation if it is at least twenty-five years old.  Commercial buildings and private homes designed in more recent architectural styles, such as Northwest Modern, may come up … Continue reading

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Historic Landmarking and the Big Green House in Wedgwood

The time has come to say goodbye to one of the oldest houses in Wedgwood, the Big Green House at 7321 35th Ave NE which became hemmed in by the surrounding business district.  From its vantage point looming high above … Continue reading

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Wedgwood’s University Unitarian Church

In 2018-2019 the University Unitarian Church congregation vacated their building so that it could be renovated.  The congregation met elsewhere while the work was done on the UUC building located on 35th Ave NE at the southeast corner of NE … Continue reading

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Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Wedgwood, Seattle

A Catholic church was founded in Wedgwood in 1929 by the Jesuits of Seattle University.   They bought a forty-acre tract of land with the intention of moving Seattle University to the site, but only one month after the land purchase, … Continue reading

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A Victorian in Wedgwood

The Wedgwood neighborhood does not have any Victorian houses built in the 1800s, but there is one house, completed in 2007, built in the Queen Anne style which was popular more than a century ago in Seattle.

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Life in Morningside Heights, Wedgwood: Walter S. Wood

In the early 1900s the Wedgwood neighborhood did not yet have a name and the area was quite rural.  The Morningside Heights plat from NE 90th to 95th Streets, 25th to 35th Avenues NE, was one of the early sections of Wedgwood to … Continue reading

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The Morningside Heights plat in Wedgwood

The neighborhood name “Wedgwood” is the legacy of 1940s developer Albert Balch.   As more houses were built and the neighborhood grew in the busy post-World-War-Two period, businesses began naming themselves Wedgwood.   Soon Wedgwood became the accepted name for the entire … Continue reading

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Northwest Modern Architecture in Wedgwood

Modernist architecture is defined partly by its time period, from the 1930s to about 1970, and modern style also means buildings which are without historical reference to European traditions.   For example, the original Wedgwood group of houses, built by developer … Continue reading

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Earl G. Park, Architect in Wedgwood

On the census of the year 1900 in Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois, seventeen-year-old Earl G. Park listed his occupation as “architect.”   Two years later, Earl Park was in Seattle in the employ of a busy and successful architectural firm, Bebb … Continue reading

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John R. Nevins, architect in Wedgwood

John R. Nevins was an architect and civil engineer who worked in Seattle from 1902 to 1932.   With business partner Earl G. Park, he platted the Nevins & Park Addition in Wedgwood, and Nevins lived on that block from 1916 to … Continue reading

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