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Growing Up with Balch

In the summer of 1953 sixteen-year-old Jon Jarvis, newly possessed of a driver’s license, enjoyed chugging around Wedgwood in a Model T Ford he had acquired.   Lack of a driver’s license did not stop Jon’s thirteen-year-old brother Terry from driving … Continue reading

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A Plat of Modernist Architecture in Wedgwood

When World War Two ended in 1945 some American cities experienced an economic slump as wartime production ceased.  Seattle continued to prosper in the post-war period because of its industries, including production of airplanes.  After World War Two, Boeing Aircraft … Continue reading

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A Plat of Traditional Architecture in Wedgwood

After Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered an increase in military preparedness in the USA.  This directly affected the Seattle area due to its nearby military bases and production of war-related materials like … 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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The Copestick Building in Wedgwood

During World War Two from 1941 to 1945, Americans put their personal plans on hold so that they could serve in the military, work in war production industries or in support services.  After the end of World War Two the … Continue reading

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Remembering Shearwater

The Decatur Annex building was on NE 77th Street at the corner of 43rd Ave NE, at the southern end of what is now Decatur School.  The little white wood-frame Annex was the last building from the complex of Navy … Continue reading

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Saving Wedgwood: Historic Preservation and Best-Use Planning in the Commercial Zones

In the 1940s during World War Two the population of Seattle swelled with war workers, and in the 1950s the population continued to increase with people who wanted to make their homes here in the beautiful Seattle area. In the … Continue reading

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Gas Stations and the Maturing of the Business District in Wedgwood

A HistoryLink article by Greg Lange tells of the large-scale layoffs of employees at Boeing Aircraft which set off a recession in Seattle from 1967 to 1972.  The population of Seattle plummeted as people left town to find work elsewhere.  … 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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Redevelopment in Wedgwood’s Commercial District

The commercial district of the Wedgwood neighborhood in northeast Seattle is arranged along the arterial 35th Avenue NE with clusters of stores at the NE 75th and NE 85th Street intersections.  The majority of the storefronts and office buildings were … Continue reading

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