Life in Bay Center on Willapa Bay

Living in a maritime fishing village in Southwest Washington state on Willapa Bay

Here today – gone tomorrow; The ol’ Lumber Building in South Bend is no more

Posted by pallix on October 17, 2007

The Old Lumber Building (proper name is The Lumber Exchange Building) that stood in South Bend along Hwy 101, finally was torn down this year despite efforts by the latest owner to renovate, re invigorate and make the building into a downtown type hotel with mini-mall shops below. Not going to happen. The building was condemned and torn down this year (2007). For as long as we have lived here, I’ve heard people tell us stories about this historic building. In another post, another time, I’ll try to find and blog about the history of the Old Lumber Building in South Bend. For now though, courtesy of website Bygone Byways, here is a photo taken on one of the road trips along Highway 101 in Willapa region.

Lumber Exchange Building

The historic Lumber Exchange Building in South Bend, WA. Built in approximately 1902, torn down in 2007.

When will I ever learn that taking pictures is important part of present day history.  I don’t have one photo of The Old Lumber Exchange Building.  But notice the street level front windows.  In our home in Bay Center, the former owner added onto the kitchen and had the angled windows placed at what is now my kitchen sink.  The seams on the windows at the angles are a vertical strip of beaded glue and while that has been worrisome to me, it seems to hold up through all those Pacific gale winter storms.  So now that the Lumber Exchange building is gone, windows and all, I have a bit of nostalgia that my kitchen window was done on the same design as the  street level windows at the Lumber Exchange building.   Big whoop – I know, but, it is noteworthy – to me – so I’m making a note.

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