Eagles Hall c.1910

Let’s celebrate Historic Preservation Month locally with three cheers, one for each stunning storefront retail space in the renovated Eagles Building which returns this block of First Street once again to an inviting streetscape of community reflection and commerce.

For a long time the building’s storefront windows were covered, or severally reduced, unconsciously creating an unfriendly streetscape. Just as is the ongoing case with American Legion Post located in the historic Wilbur Drug Store Building, 1201 First, which I wrote about in December 2012.

The Design Standards for the city of Snohomish reads: “Display windows in commercial buildings … shall be the predominant surface on the first story, typical of original Snohomish commercial buildings.” (Section 1, B, 5. Windows)

Why is this important?

Glass windows reflect the community back upon itself, as we stop to window shop or simply grab a glance of ourselves and others passing by. They reflect the changes in the sky, the passing of day into night, and are like tiny altars to the seasons. Storefront window displays manifest our economic faith in our town.


Looking closely at this month’s historic image and noting in particular the richness of the frontier window displays – I am in awe of our human endeavors captured so precisely on a glass plate by photographer, Lee Picket.

Stories inspired by these historic storefront window displays still present reflections of ourselves over a hundred years later.

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Published in the Snohomish County Tribune, May 15, 2013

6 thoughts on “Eagles Hall c.1910

  1. Lya

    love the images fading into another! I am waiting for a more current one with all the new business in….

  2. Doug Fraser

    What happened to the FOE 195 that was above the door way that goes up to the dance floor upstairs. I thought it was supposed to be as it was in the picture from 1910?

  3. Doug Fraser

    Nope they are not using that…the eagles were told that it could not be removed as it was a part of the historic building and could not be moved as a part of the national register.

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