Fire Station Reuse Success: Renton Historical Museum

The Renton Historical Museum just southeast of Seattle is in an eye-catching building that doesn’t look like any museum I’ve seen before. And it’s no wonder: this building, with its Art Moderne curves and three central doors was originally the Renton fire station. Needless to say, even as a fire station, this building is pretty… Read More Fire Station Reuse Success: Renton Historical Museum

Coupeville: Whidbey Island’s History Through Architecture

Coupeville, tucked in Penn Cove on the eastern side of Whidbey Island, was first platted in 1883 and despite its small size retains a large number of historic buildings. Over thirty, in fact, date to the Territorial Era (1850-1875). Coupeville is within Ebey’s Landing, the first National Historical Reserve in the nation.  Whidbey is one… Read More Coupeville: Whidbey Island’s History Through Architecture

Building Feature: Portland’s New Market Building

Portland’s New Market Building (built in 1872) sits across the cobblestone street from the historic Skidmore Fountain and is a prominent feature at Portland’s Saturday Market. While the Saturday Market has not always been located here, the New Market Block, with the New Market Building and the projecting colonnade, was constructed to house both a theater… Read More Building Feature: Portland’s New Market Building