Micro History: Stories from North Lake
Following our present-day data collection on Northlake businesses and our comparison of residential demographics over time, we explored the historic economic and residential picture of Northlake. We asked ourselves the following questions: What did Seattle and Lake Union look like in the midst of the Great Depression and on the eve of World War II? Who lived on Northlake Avenue? Who worked on Northlake Avenue? What did Northlake Avenue look like?
To answer this question, we reviewed both the newly opened 1940 census files and the Polk's Seattle City Directory from 1940. In the end, two locations stood out: the Northlake Apartment Building and the Wayland Mill Company.