(Not researched for earlier dates.) 1965 Bob Loudon, insurance 1970 Albert Florence, architect 1975 Bay Trophies, sales 1980 R A Mezoff Bookseller, used 1985 Beverly’s Antiques 1989-90 Jacques, beauty shop 1995 Tara Jeans, clothing retail
(Not researched for
earlier dates.) 1965
1970 Brier Apartments, lodgings
1975 1980 1985 1989-90 1995 Brier Apartments, up to 9 listed
1913-1929, the Home Store (A.
Lawson, proprietor) is the listed
occupant at this location, specializing in men’s and women’s
1931, Grieff Brothers Furniture is recorded as the occupant of 1312 Bay
and Skaggs O P Grocery (Don J. Thurgood, Manager) is the occupant of
1312 Bay Street
1975 State Liquor Control Board-Store #5
1989-90 Not listed 1995 Veco
Engineering Corp (additional space)
1314 Bay Street
Beverage Store 1970 Mel’s Beverage
1975 Handi Market
1980 Levin’s Clearance Center
1985 1989-90 Not listed
1995 Veco Engineering Corp
Hale’s Women’s Clothing (Herman Hurwitz, manager) appears at 1316 Bay Street in 1936 with 13181/2 being designated as the LC Countryman Building with eight offices upstairs, mainly occupied by music teachers.
1965-1990 Not listed 1995 Veco Engineering Corp in rooms 203-214 (additional space)
1965 BB Furniture, used 1970 The Iron Bull, restaurant 1975 Vacant 1980 Bungalow Furniture; Hello Deli 1985 Alladins Lamp Antique Mall; Ami’s World Cuisine Deli 1989-90 Antique Gallery; Upper Vacant 1995 Antique Gallery
The triangular "flatiron" type of building was quite popular among American architects in the first decade of the twentieth century. Daniel Burnham"s 1902 Flatiron building in
Precautions were taken to minimize the
high fire risk that furniture
manufacturing has. A system of internal water piping was installed, and
floor was equipped with fifty feet of fire hose. A special
"fireproof" room was built for the varnish room, which is the most
flammable part of the manufacturing process. The impressive blaze that
After the Bellingham Bay Furniture Company left the building it sat vacant until renovations were completed in 1990. The renovations left original glass panes along the north wall of the building and used them in re-lights along the west and east interior walls; allowing the flow of natural light to reach the entire floor. Afterwards, the Flatiron building received an Award of Outstanding Merit, recognizing the owner's accomplishments in maintaining the integrity of the original design.
The Flatiron building architecturally dominates its neighborhood due to its size and unique shape and is a distinct visual feature of the central business district. Accordingly, the present occupation of the Flatiron building by Veco Engineering has energized the entire neighborhood..