Category Archives: Architecture

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

UPDATE:  In 2018-2019 the University Unitarian Church congregation has vacated their building so that it can be renovated.  The building is fenced off, leading to some rumors that it is going to be torn down — not so!  The congregation … 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partly by its time period, from the 1930s to about 1970, and modern style also means buildings which are without historical reference to European traditions.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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