Historic resources. Buildings 66-70

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66. Hotel Laube/Windsor (1900)

1226-1230/1218 N State St.
Hotel Laube has Federal Landmark status.

Considered the finest and most modern hotel in New Whatcom when built, it operated for 75 years as a hotel, then apartments. The first floor was first the hotel restaurant, later Otto's Restaurant, then a furniture store, and now a tavern and  pizzeria. (Turbeville, 1977, pp.115-116.)
Hotel Laube. 4/19/2009

Hotel Windsor. 4/19/2009
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67. Fine Arts Building

314 E Holly St.
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68. Old YMCA Building (1905-1906)

311 E Holly St.
The first meetings of the YMCA were in 1889 and the organization occupied the Union Block at C and Holly streets. They moved to this building in 1906. It had a gym at the rear in the basement and first floor, offices at the front of the first floor, and apartments on the upper floors. The organization moved to the bigger building across the street in 1942 and eventually sold this building to the International Order of Odd Fellows. The only major change to the building has been converting the gym to a meeting room and aligning it with the rest of the first floor.
(Turbeville, 1977, pp.183-184.)
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69. Whatcom County Rail & Light Power Station  (1908-1912)  (Construction Supply)

201-205 York St. on corner with Railroad Ave.
After the consolidation of the Whatcom and Fairhaven streetcar lines in 1902, electricity was provided by the Kentucky St. power station and the Nooksack Falls station. These proved inadequate, so this building was constructed to provide power to the streetcars and the city. By 1910 a 2500 HP steam engine was producing 2000 Kw of electricity. Later, the successor company, Puget Sound Traction, Light and Power, built a large transformer station adjacent to the power station. (Turbeville, 1977, pp.217-219.)

Railroad Ave. view.  4/13/2009

York St. View.  4/13/2009
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70. Masonic Hall, Scottish Rite Temple (1905)

1101-1107 N State St.
The Masons were established in Bellingham in 1883 and used a building at C and Dupont. They built this structure as a commercial establishment, reserving the upper floors to themselves. The original tenant for the first floor was a drugstore (the stucco on the lower left results from this use), followed by a print shop that continued to 1940 when the masons occupied the entire building. The vertical decorations at the top are painted cast iron, and the two first floor pillars represent an Egyptian motif. (Turbeville, 1977.)
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