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Better know a neighborhood – Wedgwood, Seattle

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Seattle’s got some great lesser-known neighborhoods dotted with modern gems. North-east of downtown and due east of Green Lake sits the quiet but pleasantly modern neighborhood of Wedgwood. While the residential neighborhood itself is comprised of a wide range of architectural styles 35th Ave N.E., the main street running north-south in Wedgwood, is a nice tour of mid-century modernism with some contemporary additions and updates thrown in for good measure.

Map Wedgwood, Seattle

Starting from NE 65th Str and heading north on 35th Ave NE you’ll first notice the University Unitarian Church by Paul Kirk, built in 1960 (6556 35th Ave NE)

University Unitarian Church by Paul Kirk
Photo by BUILD llc

University Unitarian Church by Paul Kirk
Photo by BUILD llc

The Theodora by Robert Chervenak & Associates, 1965(6559 35th)

The Theodora by Robert Chervenak, photo by BUILD llc
Photo by BUILD llc

Seattle Public Library – North East Branch by Paul Thiry, 1954 (6801 35th Ave N.E.) We missed this one in our post on Seattle’s Other Public Libraries.
Seattle Public Library by Paul Thiry, photo by BUILD llc
Photo by BUILD llc

You’ll also pass by the Medical Clinic by Gene Zema, 1961 (6850 35th Ave NE), although we didn’t get a shot of it.

Wedgwood even has a handsome mega-chain-coffee-shop. We recommend you make it a bit more difficult for the folks at Starbucks to take over the world and get your coffee at Top Pot.

Mega-chain-coffee-shop, photo by BUILD llc
Photo by BUILD llc

Reward yourself for a successful tour of modernism at the home of the Northwest’s favorite doughnuts: Top Pot Doughnuts at 6855 35th Ave NE
Top Pot Doughnuts, photo by BUILD llc
Photo by BUILD llc

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cool review.

Comment by ezseattle

Love your blog– especially the Urban Plight Crapsman Townhomes, it’s full of info about great local designers and projects. I’m just throwing in the credit for Miller/Hull on the Northeast Library Branch rennovation and addition to Paul Thiry’s design, completed in 2003. In particular the photo you’ve posted is of the entirely new addition by M/H, but it’s so sensitively blended with the old modern, you’d never know.

Comment by Yuki

Evidently you aren’t aware that Starbucks owns Top Pot Doughnuts …

Comment by Wedgwood Mom




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