Historic resources. Buildings 56-60
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56. Northern Grocery Co. (1909)
1204-1206 Railroad Ave
Originally built to house the wholesale grocery company and faced the
railway tracks with a branch track in the alley behind. The Northern
Grocery Company continued to use this as their headquarters until the
mid 1930s when it was sold to Bellingham Transfer, a moving and storage
firm. Since 1940 it has been owned variously by a beer wholesaling
company, Crown Distributing, and the Bargreen and von Bargen restaurant
supply business. (Turbeville, 1977,
57. Spokane Block (1902) (Hohl’s Feed and Seed)
1322-1324 Railroad Ave.
Originally the feed store of Donley and Farley, with the upper floor as
Spokane House with rooms to let. Later became the Ideal Hotel, then
taken over by Hohl's Feed and Seed, a firm founded in Fairhaven before
the turn of the century. (Turbeville, 1977, pp.139-140.)
58. Curt Pless
& Co. Building
1330 Railroad Ave
59. Northern Pacific Rail Freight Depot (Whatcom Transit Authority Bus
203 East Magnolia St.
At the time of writing, the building was vacant "with no immediate
plans for leasing....". The original building was constructed in
1911 as the freight and passenger terminal for the Great Northern
Railroad that had taken over the old Bellingham Bay and Eastern
Railroad. (Turbeville, 1977, pp.237-238.) The current building was
renovated in 2008.
60. Daylight Building (1904)
1205-1207 North State St.
Federal and Local Landmark status.
View across State St. 4/19/2009
Entry from Bellingham City web site:
This building was built in 1904, and designed by a local architect
Frank C. Burns who also designed the Aftermath Club on Broadway and
the Alaska Building,
which burned down in 1969.
The offices in the Daylight
were converted to apartments in 1918. Although fires significantly
interior in 1926 and 1928; the exterior made from local brick and
Sandstone, remained solid, symmetrical, and attractive.
This building exemplifies the cultural, social, and economic history
Throughout the century-plus that the Daylight
Building has stood as a
it has served many different uses. It has housed professional offices,
office, antique shops, a photographer, several music teachers, and a
It has also held apartments, a car repair/gas station, taverns,
newspapers, printers (including Union Printing), Griggs Stationary,
grocers, a cinema, a bookstore,
Montgomery ward, as well as, many other retailers.
View south along State St. 4/19/2009
View from corner of Chestnut and State. 4/19/2009