Category Archives: boundaries

Redefining the Boundaries of Wedgwood in the 1950s

In the 1940s and 1950s the neighborhoods of northeast Seattle grew rapidly, with housing developments filling up what had been semi-rural areas which were still outside the city limits.  Some people resisted the process of being absorbed into the City … Continue reading

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Names in the Neighborhood: Wedgwood’s Boundaries and Neighborhood Identity

In the early 1900s Wedgwood in northeast Seattle did not have a name or a definite identity as a neighborhood.  It took a post-World-War-Two growth spurt in population, and a housing development by Albert Balch, for the neighborhood to coalesce … Continue reading

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Wedgwood’s Do-It-Yourself Fire Department in the 1940s

In 1941 developer Albert Balch started building houses from NE 80th to 85th Streets, 30th to 35th Avenues NE, and chose the name “Wedgwood” for the new subdivision.  He did not deliberately set out to name the neighborhood, but the … Continue reading

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From Wedgwood to Meadowbrook

In the 1920s and 1930s the (future) Wedgwood area lacked a strong name association in part because it lacked a school to give the neighborhood an identity.  But just to the north, on NE 100th Street at the corner of … Continue reading

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From Yesler to Wedgwood

The intersection of 35th Avenue NE at NE 85th Street is the heart of the Wedgwood neighborhood and is its main commercial center. Today it is difficult to imagine that any corner of this intersection would be vacant, and yet … Continue reading

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Neighborhoods of Seattle: comparing the origins of Fremont and Wedgwood

How does the history and development of Wedgwood compare to that of other neighborhoods in Seattle? Fremont was one of the earliest land claims in Seattle in the 1850s, but it was not populated until developers bought the land in … Continue reading

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Shearwater part two: the Wedgwood Community Club fights Shearwater in the 1950s

In the 1950s the very active Wedgwood District Community Club made its voice heard in issues such as the completion of streets, water and other utilities, business district development in Wedgwood, and trying to get the Seattle Parks Department to … Continue reading

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