Photographs of the View Ridge Neighborhood, Seattle, Washington, circa 1940-1959  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Photographs of the View Ridge Neighborhood, Seattle, Washington
Dates
circa 1940-1959 (inclusive)
Quantity
15 photographic prints (1 folder) ; various sizes
Collection Number
PH1118
Summary
Photographs of the View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Additional Reference Guides

Languages
English


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

In 1935, the land that was to be the beginning of the View Ridge neighborhood was owned by Seattle physician, Carl Neu. His property encompassed 10 acres of second-growth forest at NE 65th Street and 50th Avenue NE, but he couldn't pay the taxes. For $25 down, radio station employees, Albert Balch and Ralph Jones bought the property. View Ridge was to be King County's first new real estate project in over than two years. Once the trees were cleared, views of the water and mountains could be seen from the property. As an alumni of the University of Washington, Jones convinced his fraternity brothers to buy lots, advertising in the academic community.

In 1940, planning began for a second stage of the neighborhood, the Sand Point Housing Defense Project, to accommodate military and civilian personnel stationed at Sand Point Naval Air Station during World War II. This project was funded by money available under an amendment to the 1937 Housing Act and was supervised by the United States Housing Authority Aided Defense Project and the Housing Authority of Seattle. These additional homes were built at the intersection of E. 64th Street and 65th Avenue N.E. near Sand Point Way. Seattle architects, John Graham, Sr. and B. Marcus Priteca, designed the initial homes along with the help of landscape architects, E. Clair Heilman and Noble Hoggson. Construction started in early 1941.

In 1942, the neighborhood was incorporated into the city of Seattle. View Ridge Elementary School began as four portable classrooms in November 1944 during construction of the permanent building, which was completed in the fall of 1947. During the 1960s, the views were improved when the overhead utilities were placed underground. In 1956, Seattle Housing Authority sold its 200-unit development of the Sand Point Defense Housing Project to the University of Washington to serve as dorms for married students.

Today, the View Ridge neighborhood spans from NE 65th Street to NE 75th Street and from 40th Avenue NE to Sand Point Way NE in Seattle, Washington.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs of the View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

The John Graham and Company architectural drawings and photographs collection (PHColl339) also contains additional photographs of the housing units on View Ridge, along with a photographic print of an architectural drawing for the Sand Point Housing Defense Project.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1  Land prior to construction, View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington
Caption on photo: Sand Point Defense Housing Project, WASH-I-4, Seattle, WN. 12-9-40.
December 9, 1940
1 2  Group of men in discussion beside fallen trees with housing under construction in background, View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington
Caption on photo: Sand Point Homes, WASH-I-4-Defense, Seattle, Wash. 4-10-41.
April 10, 1941
1 3  Housing under construction, View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington April 10, 1941
1 4  Housing under construction facing the water, View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington
Caption on photo: Sand Point Homes, WASH-I-4-Defense, Seattle, Wash. 4-10-41.
April 10, 1941
1 5  Cleared land with housing under construction in background, View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington
Caption on photo: Sand Point Homes, WASH-I-4-Defense, Seattle, Wash. 4-10-41.
April 10, 1941
1 6  Cleared land with housing under construction in background, View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington
Caption on photo: Sand Point Homes, WASH-I-4-Defense, Seattle, Wash. 5-10-41.
May 10, 1941
1 7  Road under construction, View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington
Caption on photo: Sand Point Homes, WASH-I-4-Defense, Seattle, Wash. 5-10-41.
May 10, 1941
1 8  Completed homes along paved road, View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington circa 1942-1949
1 9  Exterior of home, View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington circa 1942-1949
1 10  Home with address 6167 on an unidentified street, View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington circa 1942-1949
1 11  Exterior of homes and a row of parked cars, View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington circa 1942-1949
1 12  Back view of home with laundry hanging in backyard, View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington circa 1950-1959
1 13  Brick and wood home, View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington circa 1950-1959
1 14  Homes in View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington circa 1950-1959
1 15  Interior of a kitchen, View Ridge neighborhood, Seattle, Washington circa 1950-1959

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)