The Wallingford Local

In case you missed the June 28th broadcast of The Wallingford Local, a podcast is now available on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify.

This once-a-month radio show is broadcast on community radio station SPACE 101.1 FM live from the Wallingford Farmers Market. It is hosted by Wallingford’s own Feliks Banel and Laura Scott is the show’s producer.

The June 28 episode featured Ben Chandler from the Seattle Farmers Market Association; Blake Garfield, president of the Wallingford Kiddie Parade; Jack McLaughlin and Julie Martin, writers and editors with Wallyhood.org; artist and sculptor Ron Petty; Chloe Bennett with Long Way Farm; and music by Frank Myraas. Thanks to all for participating!

Special thanks to Joe Jeszeck who composed the show’s theme music – listen here!

Catch the next show Wednesday, July 26 at 5 PM!

Earth Day Cleanups Planned

Historic Wallingford and the Wallingford Community Council are co-sponsoring neighborhood cleanups to celebrate Earth Day. Join us Saturday, April 22nd from 10 AM to 1 PM. Historic Wallingford’s table will be located in front of Wallingford Center, so stop by to say hello, and ask about our upcoming volunteer opportunities!

Historic District is Official!

The National Park Service has announced that the Wallingford-Meridian Streetcar Historic District is officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Congratulations Wallingford!

The designation will be a catalyst for community pride and engagement, and we look forward to celebrating Wallingford in 2023. 

Historic Wallingford wishes to thank consultant Northwest Vernacular, our many volunteers who contributed more than 2,000 hours doing street review and research, and our supporters who made this nomination possible.

The nomination is posted to our website.

Why seek a National Register historic district?

Image by Linda Sewell

Since February 2021, Historic Wallingford has been the target of a disinformation campaign about our neighborhood’s effort to nominate a portion of northeast Wallingford to the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district. 

We again wish to clarify our position and make sure you have good information in case you have questions. 

Receiving an honorary historic designation, like the National Register designation this effort is seeking, comes with no restrictions on city land use policies or on a private property owner regarding development, use, maintenance, or alterations. The Washington Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation’s website explains this. We hosted two public meetings in 2021 to discuss this and field questions.

The purpose of the effort is to document the history and architecture of Wallingford, and that includes any negative parts of that history, such as policies that were exclusionary and which continue to impact the community to this day. It includes uncovering stories of past Wallingfordians, including women, immigrants, and working-class residents. Too often they and their contributions have not traditionally been recognized. Ultimately, we hope this historic district designation results in a richer, more inclusive story of our neighborhood and an appreciation for its historic architecture. We particularly welcome any stories you can tell us that you know about Wallingford.

You can read more about the nomination effort here. And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@historicwallingford.org.

Historic District Nomination Advances

Historic Wallingford is pleased to report that the Washington Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has voted in unanimous support of the National Register nomination for the Wallingford-Meridian Streetcar Historic District. The nomination soon will be forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register for consideration. We hope to learn of a possible final designation by the end of the year or early next year.

Historic Wallingford is grateful to the many volunteers and supporters who made this nomination possible. Thank you!