Home of the Good Shepherd

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Home of the Good Shepherd
Seattle - Good Shepherd 02.jpg
The park and front entrance to Good Shepherd Center
Home of the Good Shepherd is located in Washington (state)
Home of the Good Shepherd
Location Sunnyside, N. and 50th St., Seattle, Washington
Coordinates 47°39′51″N 122°19′51″W / 47.66417°N 122.33083°W / 47.66417; -122.33083Coordinates: 47°39′51″N 122°19′51″W / 47.66417°N 122.33083°W / 47.66417; -122.33083
Built 1906
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 78002753[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 23, 1978
Designated SEATL September 10, 1984[2]

Meridian Playground (also known as Meridian Park) is in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, United States.

The site features a building called the Good Shepherd Center, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Home of the Good Shepherd [3] and is a city of Seattle designated landmark.[4] The center was built as a Catholic School for wayward girls and operated until 1973. The building is now run by Historic Seattle,[5] while the remainder of the site is run by Seattle Parks and Recreation.[6]

The building includes space for the Wallingford Community Senior Center,[7] Meridian School,[8] Seattle Tilth,[8][9] community organizations, and low cost housing for artists.[10] The old chapel in the center of the top two floors has been converted into a performance space[11] that features experimental performances organized through the Wayward Music Series.[12]

The gardens and the apple orchard of the old school largely remain, although the pool has been filled in and the bath house has been converted into a picnic shelter. Amid the orchard are a playground and two playfields, and to the south side is a P-Patch operated by Seattle Tilth. Community involvement with the site occurs through the Good Shepherd Center Advisory Board.[13]

The playground at the site was revamped in 1998 and then upgraded in 2007, both times with matching grants through the city. The sculptures at the back of the playground are based on children's book characters and the two sculptures at the entry are designed to recall past use of the Home of the Good Shepherd, with a nun in front of the GSC and a school girl picking an apple. There is also a niche sculpture of Jesus as the Good Shepherd over the front entrance to the Center. The play equipment includes a water run (now shut down), swings, and some spinning Kompan play structures for older children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Landmarks and Designation". City of Seattle. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  3. ^ National Register of Historic Places entry, #78002753
  4. ^ Official City of Seattle Landmark status, September 10, 1984, (Ord. # 111882)
  5. ^ Good Shepherd Center, Historic Seattle. Accessed online 2009-04-09.
  6. ^ Meridian Playground, Seattle Parks and Recreation. Accessed online 2009-04-09.
  7. ^ Group Web site at http://www.wallingfordseniors.org/
  8. ^ a b Good Shepherd Center Tenant Listing, Historic Seattle. Accessed online 2009-04-09.
  9. ^ Wallingford Office and Gardens, Seattle Tilth. Accessed online 2009-04-09.
  10. ^ Artist Housing Project, Historic Seattle. Accessed online 2009-04-09.
  11. ^ The Chapel at Good Shepherd Center, Historic Seattle. Accessed online 2009-04-09.
  12. ^ http://waywardmusic.blogspot.com
  13. ^ http://www.historicseattle.org/join/gsccomm.aspx