The Fraternal Order of the Eagles building was at the time, 1904, Snohomishâ€™s largest building. It was dedicated two years later with a grand ball for 1,000 members and guests. The second floor features a ballroom with a floating or suspended dance floor, boasted as the first in the Northwest.
At street level the robust structure features large plate glass windows, creating inviting storefronts that were quickly leased, we imagine. But now, seen for the first time, we have a photographic record of Harmonâ€™s first store in the Eagles Hall, which we mentioned in last monthâ€™s post.
The Snohomish Historical Society is fortunate to have a small collection of glass plate negatives produced by the prolific photographer Lee Pickett, who after years of travel, made the town of Index his home base. His former home is a cozy, jam-packed museum today, well worth a Sunday drive east.
Two of the three glass plates of the Eagles Hall were broken, yet both show Harmonâ€™s Specialty Shop with clear detail. I have not had much luck scanning the plates, but the history happy elves of the Northwest Room, David, and Lisa, (also known as Everett Public Library staff members), came to my aid. I am grateful — itâ€™s very exciting to have these images to share.
A third plate shows the Eagles Hall at an earlier date when a dry goods store occupied Harmonâ€™s space — did Harmon buy the partners out?
We will show that image next month as we continue to celebrate the renovation of the Eagles Hall after its long hibernation of emptiness, and welcome its new businesses located in one of Snohomishâ€™s still largest buildings.
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Published in the Snohomish County Tribune, March 20, 2013