Historic resources. Buildings 71-74
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71. Maple Block & Pacific Block (1903)
1051-1059 N State St.
The first tenants were Merrin Wall Paper and Paint C., with the
upper floor being furnished rooms. Then it was occupied by a funeral
parlor and The Union Automobile Company, one of Bellingham's first car
dealers. It has also served as the terminal building of the Ferndale
and Deming Stage Line and the Lynden Stage Company. The first floor was
remodeled and served for some time as the glass division of Morse
Hardware. (Turbeville, 1977, pp.155-156.)
72. Morse Hardware Company Building
1025-1031 N State St.
Federal, State and Local Landmark status.
Entry from Bellingham City web site:
Morse Hardware was founded by Robert I. Morse and his partner
1884 and went on to be one of Bellingham's
oldest and most well known companies. The firm was originally named
partners but Morse bought out his associate soon afterward and became
proprietor. The company's early business was in wholesale hardware,
goods such as paints, guns and ship's supplies that were brought north
from San Francisco. For
many years it was not only Bellingham
Bay's first wholesale firm,
also the largest such wholesaler north of Seattle.
Morse's original two-story building was constructed of wood, with
on the first floor and the Morse family living on the second floor. To
initial business Robert Morse personally passed out fliers throughout
county. When Morse visited many of the small farms he observed what
were using or needed and from that tried to predict the future tool
the community. Business was going so well for Morse Hardware that in
additional storeroom was built adjoining the original building. The
survived the economic bust of 1893 and began to prosper again in the
with a brisk Alaskan trade, sending a schooner north for years to trade
the Indians. During the increased trade of the great Alaskan and Klondike
gold rushes of 1897-1898 the firm's primarily wholesale operation
The successful trade to Alaska
and Bellingham's improved
circumstances allowed the company to expand their facilities. In 1901
begin construction on a two-story brick building next door to their
building. The first floor of the new building, used for sales rooms and
was two and a half times larger than their old building. Connected by a
elevator, the second floor was used as a warehouse and the full
a tinshop and the steel and iron department.
Morse Hardware occupied all three of the buildings the company
this block until 1982. Recently, the original wood structure was torn
brick structure still exists and is occupied by Morse Distribution Inc.
North side of building, taken in 2004 during building of now adjacent
apartments--see next picture. 4/19/2009
The Atrium condos with offices on the first floor, taken 4/19/2009
Rear of building. 4/19/2009
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73. B.B. Jones Block (1891)
932-936 N State St.
The first brick building in this busy commercial district of New
Whatcom. The only surviving example of Victorian architecture of this
style in Bellingham. The first floor was occupied from 1900-1913 by the
Bellingham Bottling Works; the second floor was used as room rentals.
(Turbeville, 1977, 71-72.)
1027 N Forest St.
Local Landmark status.
View from North Forest St. 4/19/2009