Category Archives: churches

Life and Legacy in Wedgwood in the 1930s: the Hentschell Family

The Wedgwood neighborhood in northeast Seattle was never reached by a streetcar system, and the area remained outside of the City Limits until the 1940s-1950s. Up until after the end of World War Two in 1945, the (future) Wedgwood area … Continue reading

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The Busy Growing Years of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Seattle

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church has a storied history as one of the oldest congregations in the Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle, second only to Wedgwood Presbyterian Church. A Catholic chapel called St. Ignatius began in the neighborhood in … Continue reading

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Gas Stations and Growth in Northeast Seattle: Gray’s Service Station

From 1936 to 1940 King County, Washington, which includes the greater Seattle area, undertook a survey of all existing buildings, both houses and businesses.  The survey was 75% funded by the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) which helped provide jobs … Continue reading

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Tour of Modern Sacred Spaces in Wedgwood

On September 10, 2016, there will be a tour of two modern architectural churches in the Wedgwood neighborhood:  Our Lady of the Lake and University Unitarian.

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Churches and Changes in Wedgwood

There are four church buildings within the boundaries of northeast Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood from NE 75th to 95th Streets.  Each congregation has had different locations, buildings and names over the years. The names and the patterns of use of the … Continue reading

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From Morningside to Wedgwood Presbyterian Church

In the 1920s and 1930s before Wedgwood acquired its name, its sense of identity and defined boundaries, the name Morningside was often used for the neighborhood. Beginning in 1913 the Morningside Heights plat on the west side of 35th Ave … Continue reading

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Oriental Gardens in Meadowbrook

A massive earthquake struck the city of San Francisco in the early morning hours of April 18, 1906.  But worse than the damage caused by the earthquake itself were the fires which raged through the city for three days afterward. … 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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The Conroy family in Wedgwood

Sam & Mary Ellen Conroy came to the Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle in about 1915.  They lived a rural lifestyle of using draft horses for construction and road work, and they helped nurture the Chapel of St. Ignatius which met … 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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