Category Archives: boundaries

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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The Eastwood and Wedgwood Community Clubs

During the years of World War Two from 1941 to 1945 all Seattleites had some concerns about the possibility of bombing, since Seattle is a coastal city.  For this reason people took civil defense training and organized their neighborhoods to help one another in … Continue reading

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Roy Erford and the euphonious election district names

Wedgwoodians of the 1940s may have been puzzled to learn that their voting district was called Sonora, which is a place name in Mexico.  Those living north of NE 85th Street and east of 35th Ave NE were in the … Continue reading

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How Wedgwood came into the City Limits of Seattle

The neighborhoods of northeast Seattle gradually came into the city limits between 1941 and 1954.  The Seattle City Limits did not advance northward in a straight line, like water rising in a bathtub.  It was up to each voting precinct … 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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What about the “E” in Wedgwood?

The Wedgwood neighborhood in Seattle took its name from a real estate development which was started in 1941 by Albert Balch.  The naming happened gradually after Balch’s Wedgwood group of houses became well-known. In an April 1956 interview for the … Continue reading

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