AKA: Key Bank Building, Downtown, Bellingham, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - banks (buildings)

Designers: Graham, John and Company, Architects and Engineers (firm); Piper, F. Stanley, Architect (firm); John Graham Sr. (architect/engineer); Frederick Stanley Piper (architect)

Dates: constructed 1912-1913

5 stories

101 East Holly Street
Downtown, Bellingham, WA 98225

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The Bellingham National Bank stood at 101-111 East Holly Street.

Building History

The Bellingham First National Bank operated on the first floor of this 5-story building beginning 12/01/1913.

John Graham and Company, Architects of Seattle, WA, produced the design for this bank, in association with local architect, F. Stanley Piper (1883-1950). A note in the Pacific Coast Architect from 05/1912 said of Graham's commission: “Bank Building—Bellingham. Architect John Graham of Seattle is preparing plans for a six-story Class A building for the Bellingham National Bank building, to cost about $275,000.” (See “A Resume,” Pacific Coast Architect, vol. 3, no. 3, 05/1912, p. 387.)

This was an early work for the Graham Company, which began operations just two years earlier; John Graham and Company would develop into one of the largest architectural practices in the Pacific Northwest, becoming a leader after World War II, in shopping center design.

National Register of Historic Places (October 13, 1983): 83004275 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 13571