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The Whatcom Museum of History and Art (housed in the Old City Hall) was originally built in 1892 as the city hall for the former town of New Whatcom, before it was joined with surrounding towns to form Bellingham, Washingtonmarker. The building was designed in a Late Victorian style by Alfred Lee, a local architect, who used red brick and Chuckanut Sandstonemarker for its construction.

At the time of construction, the building was situated on a bluff above Bellingham Baymarker. However, over the years, significant amounts of the waterfront were filled in to make more land. Currently, the building sits above Maritime Heritage Park.

The building served as city hall until 1936, and became part of the museum in 1941.

In 1962, the fire damaged the building, but efforts from the community raised money to restore the building.


  1. McQuaide, p.34
  2. Kirk, p.221
  3. Mueller, p.51
  4. Whatcom Museum website
  5. Kirk, p.222
  • Kirk, Ruth; Alexander, Carmela (2003). Exploring Washington's Past, University of Washington Press.
  • McQuaide, Mike (2006). Insiders' Guide to Bellingham and Mount Baker, Globe Pequot.
  • Mueller, Marge (1995). North Puget Sound , The Mountaineers Books.

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