3. 4th Avenue Houses

4th Avenue Houses

Garden1949This block of 4th Avenue North, between Edmonds and Bell, was home to many families.  Dozens of children and their dogs from the surrounding neighborhood would gather here to play Red Rover and kickball, and to cycle and skate. Communal memories include everyone coming out of their homes to watch Sputnik, the first manmade object in space, pass overhead in 1957.

The street offers several examples of homes built in Edmonds after 1900, when the shingle mills were humming along the waterfront and steamboat service linked the town to the rest of a developing Puget Sound region. With lumber readily available at nearby mills, early Edmonds home builders took advantage of local materials, creating dwellings with only a simple wooden frame, commonly built on post and pier foundations.

A walk along 4th Avenue presents a wide spectrum of architectural styles. The August Johnson House was originally built in 1905 on the other side of 4th Avenue. This Queen Anne style home features decorative shingles, a wide hip-roof front porch, and elaborately carved brackets. It was moved to this location in 1996 to save it from demolition. Several residential and community buildings were relocated from one parcel to another throughout the 20th century.

(Some photos courtsey of Janet Jensen, who grew up on 4th Avenue).




About the Artist-Made Plaque  

4th houses plaque

The bronze icons reference the children and their dogs who gathered in the street on 4th Avenue to skate, bike, build snowmen, and play games. A memory of seeing Sputnik, the first satellite put into orbit, passing overhead on a summer’s night in 1957 is illustrated in the upper corners of the panel.

Tour Information

The Edmonds Stages of History Tour is a walking tour of significant sites that mark twelve different aspects in Edmonds' development. A unique artist-made plaque identifies each site on the tour. We invite you to explore Edmonds history at each location. Photographs on this website are courtesy of the Edmonds Historical Museum, unless otherwise noted. Descriptions of Edmonds history for the Stages of History panels and the website include information from copyrighted articles by Larry Vogel, originally published in the original Patch online newspaper, Edmonds: The First Century by Archie Satterfield (1990), and Edmonds: The Gem of Puget Sound by Ray V. Cloud (1983), and use restrictions apply. Other information sources include individual interviews and information supplied by the Edmonds Historical Museum.  Please contact the City of Edmonds Arts Office at 425-771-0228 with any corrections to information on the website or for inquiries regarding specific sources of copyrighted material.  

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