Historic resources. Buildings 36-40

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36. Carnegie Library Comfort Station

109 West Champion St.
Built in 1928 for $15,000 is the new City Comfort Station (Bellingham Herald, June 2, 1928).  This facility was in use until 1954.  
        In 1956, Carter’s Real Estate (Theodore R. Carter) is located in this building and continues into the 1960s. (Helgoe, 2012)
4/18/2011 became the James Place Child Development Center.
(Painted face of the Crown Plaza behind.)  4/17/2009

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37. Beau Arts Building

1301-1307 Cornwall Ave. at corner of 100 block of W. Holly St.

W Holly St. view. 
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38. Federal Building  (1912-1913)

100-106 W Magnolia St.
Federal Landmark status.
Magnolia St. view.  4/14/2009

View from corner of Cornwall Ave.
Entry from Bellingham City web site:

In 1911 the government purchased a site that was originally a sandstone hill for the location of the Bellingham Federal Building and had to excavate four feet below the sidewalk. Construction on the three-story detached building, ultimately costing $284,000 an immense amount of money for the time, began in 1912. Initially, the Post Office occupied both the building's basement and the first floor while the second floor held a range of activities such as the U.S. District Court, Department of Justice, Customs, and the U.S. Marshall's office. The third floor was partitioned into offices for other governmental agencies including the Mount Baker National Forest.

Architecturally, the building is of the same Second Italian Renaissance Revival style that inspired the design of Old Main for the Normal School. The Federal Building has a long list of features that are typical of the Italian Renaissance architecture. For example, it has a steel frame covered with stone masonry. Other examples include the unpolished exterior of the first floor masonry, the round arches, bas-relief medallions, carved lion's heads on the keystones, and decorated cornices. The square hipped roof is reminiscent of an Italian piazza. The building is in excellent condition, practically unchanged.

Apparently, there was a small controversy over the Federal Building's design and Bellingham's postmaster, Hugh Eldridge, is believed to have made several modifications to the original concept. When the Federal Building was completed on May 1, 1913 it was thought to be the only structure of its kind in the United States with the main entrance at sidewalk level rather than at the top of a flight of stone steps. The building is still used for Federal purposes. The Post Office inhabits its original home on the first floor, the IRS and Customs Services are located on the other floors.

Cornwall Ave. view.
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39. Home Telephone Building

1411 Cornwall Ave.

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40. Zobrist Building

1415-17 Cornwall Ave
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