Category Archives: name of the neighborhood

Along the Road: From Pontiac to Sand Point Way NE

There was not yet a road called Sand Point Way NE when the first commercial activities began at about NE 70th Street on Lake Washington.  In the 1880s Edward F. Lee had a boat-building shop there, and Osborn M. Merritt … Continue reading

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Names in the Neighborhood: Chelsea and Lake City

Seattle north of the ship canal has many neighborhoods which derived their names from plats of land development.  Sometimes the naming was deliberate, such as Laurelhurst, in which the developers reconfigured the streets and promoted the sale of houses in … Continue reading

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Names in the Neighborhood: Chelsea Becomes a School Street

Hugh Benton and Victor Palmer were young attorneys who arrived to make their fortunes in Seattle in the early 1900s.  In those days attorneys would often expedite property transactions because the category of real estate agent as a profession had … Continue reading

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Names in the Neighborhood: Chelsea

NE 110th Street in the Meadowbrook neighborhood of northeast Seattle is today dominated by two large school buildings:  Nathan Hale High School on the south side of NE 110th Street and Jane Addams Middle School on the north side. Hidden … Continue reading

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Wedgwood Neighborhood History Trivia Quiz

Test your knowledge of Wedgwood neighborhood history with this quiz.  Answers to the quiz follow Question #17. 1. In which neighborhood is Wedgwood Rock? Wedgwood (duh!) Meadowbrook Ravenna 2. What does the “P” in P-Patch stand for? Peat, for the … Continue reading

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How Did Lake City in North Seattle Get Its Name?

Lake City is the northeasternmost neighborhood of Seattle and did not come completely into the City of Seattle boundaries until 1954. Though it was platted as a suburban area of single-family homes, Lake City also developed its own commercial district … Continue reading

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From Ravenna to LaVilla: the NE Seattle Tool Library

The NE Seattle Tool Library is a community-based nonprofit organization for sharing tools and knowledge of how-to-fix-it.  The Tool Library has been very successful in its mission and in June 2018 it moved from its original site, 2415 NE 80th Street, … Continue reading

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Gas Stations and Open Space in Wedgwood: the Morningside Substation

Even in the short history of the Wedgwood neighborhood in northeast Seattle, there are some sites which have had multiple different buildings and uses over time.  One such site is the northwest corner of NE 86th Street on 35th Ave … Continue reading

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Fremont in Seattle: Street Names and Neighborhood Boundaries

Fremont in Seattle began as a planned community after investors purchased the land and filed a plat map in May 1888.  A “plat” is any defined area of land for which a plan of lots and streets is laid out. … Continue reading

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The Fremont Neighborhood in Seattle: Why the Name?

Each neighborhood of Seattle proudly waves the banner of its unique name, and yet many were named in a similar way:  by real estate investors.   Fremont in Seattle was also named by real estate investors.  What made the Seattle … Continue reading

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