Friday, April 11, 2008

Wallingford Center

Wallingford Center

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This enormous old school building on 42nd at the heart of the Wallingford neighborhood's commercial corridor was recycled into new life some years ago as a home for popular restaurants and shops known as Wallingford Center. At the corner out front is a small plaza with black steel benches in a simi-circle. At the center rises a wonderful bronze sculptural totem by artist/resident Ron Petty, called Animal Storm, depicting all the types of animals that live in the neighborhood. Along with the wildlife you can find a dog with a peace symbol on its collar and Ron's cat serenely perched at the very top. Next month the weekly 3-7PM Wednesday farmer's market will open again on the opposite side of the building. Thanks to one of my readers for alerting me that Trophy Cupcakes, which resides inside WC, was recently featured on the Martha Stewart Show as one of the nation's best cupcake makers.

The Seeds of Compassion conference being held in Seattle over the next 5 days DOES still have space in all workshops being held this Sunday and Monday, and they are free. Some of them feature the most prominent university researchers in brain development and social-emotional development during the early childhood years and will be of particular interest to educators and parents. See the link in yesterday's post for details. There will be webcasts and TV broadcast of most of the conference's events.


Kate said...

If you're like me, you will be anxiously waiting for the Market to begin the season!! Lovely looking building!

Rambling Round said...

What a beautiful building and creative totem pole! Glad this structure got renovated.

Ken said...

The totem is amazing.

~tanty~ said...

Very nice building.
Have a great weekend Kim :)

Small City Scenes said...

I grew up in the Wallingford area. Went to St. Benedict's grade school and my first job at 14 was working at the 45th st. theatre (now guild 45, that is if it's still there). MB