Historic resources. Buildings 41-45
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1419-21 Cornwall Ave
42. Leopold Hotel (1899, 1967)
1224 Cornwall Ave
Federal and Local Landmark status.
Entry from Bellingham City web site:
Captain Byron built his namesake Byron
Hotel in 1899. It was a
brown brick building of the Chicago
style with eclectic elements from the Mission
Once credited as being the finest hotel in Bellingham,
as well as a thriving social center, most of the structure was
1967. Today's last remnant, the Leopold Hotel, was a 1929 addition to
In the time of the Byron Hotel's
by extensive growth spurred not only by successful ventures in timber,
and coal, but by speculation that Bellingham
would become the Terminus of the Great Northern Railroad. The hotel was
with a red tile roof and round arches that gave it a subtle California
look. At street level, the facade is elegantly hand painted with high
tiles and leaded glass windows that still display the hotel logo in the
entryway. A newspaper clipping from 1899 exclaims that the Byron hotel
"centrally located within easy access of all points of interest. Large
rooms on second or third floor are comfortable and tastefully
Leopold Schmidt was a brew master who established the Bellingham Bay
who bought the hotel upon moving to Bellingham
in 1910. When he died in the hotel in 1914 his appointed hotel manager,
Schupp, renamed the hotel Leopold in his honor.
In 1913 the hotel consisted of 200 rooms, 100 of which with private
dining room that could accommodate 150 people and twenty-five
rooms. Two additions came later, in 1922 the Tulip room known today as
Crystal Ballroom and another addition in 1929 increased the number of
500. The Leopold tower, since the main hotel's demolition in 1967, has
wide variety of restaurants and businesses, including a couple years
was the meeting room for the Bellingham Central Lion's Club. The
on both the National and Local Historic Registry, is presently used for
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43. Bellingham National Bank
101-111 East Holly St.
Federal Landmark status
View of Cornwall St. on left and E
Holly St. on right. 4/17/2009
Entry from Bellingham City web site:
The Bellingham National Bank was founded
on January 3, 1905.
After only seven
years the bank was so successful, under the leadership of President
Roeder, that plans were made to construct a new bank building. The site
selected, where it presently stands, was formerly occupied by the Beck
reputed as being the best playhouse west of Chicago.
The construction of the new bank building began in 1912 with
Stanley Piper, who had come to Bellingham
1909. The building that Piper designed was molded from the popular
Commercial (or "Chicago")
style. While this style was relatively common in the East and Midwest,
for Bellingham, it
striking difference from the round-arched, brick and sandstone
styles frequently built in the 1890's.
The Bellingham National Bank Building is constructed of reinforced
The exterior of the first floor is faced with smooth masonry, neatly
contrasting with the light brick covering on the upper four floors. The
building's first floor is elaborately decorated with a round arched
entrance, and elaborate bronze bank windows. Two Doric columns support
entrance and centered in the above parapet is a carved eagle. The
the building is trimmed with white masonry with a floral motif.
Bellingham National Bank occupied the first floor and the partial
when the building opened on December
1, 1913. Originally, the Holly
side of the first floor had four commercial locations and one behind
on the Cornwall side.
Key Bank of Washington
the entire first floor, while the upper floor offices are leased to
professionals such as the State Attorney General.
Until the Bellingham Herald
Building was built in 1926,
Bellingham National Bank Building was the largest and most modern
building in Bellingham.
Cornwall Ave. view with Leopold Hotel on right. 4/17/2009
Public Market (Right
1400 Cornwall Ave, corner with E. Magnolia.
1408 Cornwall Ave
Corner of Cornwall and East Magnolia. 4/17/2009
Cornwall Ave. view. 4/17/2009