The Historic Wallingford group hosts the Wallingford Historic Homes Fair on Oct. 6.
SINCE ITS FIRST Sunday, in the winter of 1982, this weekly feature always has been written in Wallingford — in the basement of a vintage bungalow. Surely there are bungalows on every Seattle hill, but hereabout, this often-modest architecture with shingle siding, broad gables, tapered porch posts, wide windows, exterior chimneys, sun porches and more surely is associated with the neighborhood that was — after clear-cutting and the persuasion of stretching it for real estate sales — first called Wallingford Hill.
Since Jean Sherrard took on the often-enough joyful responsibility of updating the historical photographs with his own artful “Nows,” we have needed to identify our productive platform as “Greater Wallingford,” for Jean lives in what we will now risk calling “Upper Wallingford.” Pacific NW readers/students of Seattle history should know that there is a long and vigorous struggle over the names and boundaries of several of our city’s — what shall we call them? — “parts.” The Sherrard home is only a brisk three-minute walk from the northeast corner of Green Lake.
The generous Jean understands that from its beginning, Wallingford’s north border has always been shaky. It was named for John N. Wallingford, who, like Jean, also lived and plotted his productions at a home near the northeast corner of Green Lake. And now, I confess that I feel quite at home beside the lake. Many of my earliest Now & Then features were outlined first in my head while walking around the lake. In 1982, that took me about 45 minutes, the time now often needed to get out of bed.
Wallingford Historic Homes Fair
Today, and most likely forever, we can leave questions regarding Wallingford’s borders to the new core of enthused historiographers called Historic Wallingford. On Saturday morning, Oct. 6, they will be calling out from their sun porches primarily to other Seattle homeowners — and renters — to gather together at the Good Shepherd Center on Sunnyside Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Wallingford Historic Homes Fair.
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The fair features exhibitors with tips; experts sharing information about the styles of vintage residential architecture (there are more than bungalows in Wallingford); and a showing of the film “Bungalow Heaven,” about an honored part of Pasadena, Calif., that might be uncannily compared to Wallingford, without the intrusion of film stars. The fair’s Historic Preservation Panel starts at 10 a.m.