Things are starting to really happen at the old Whatcom Territorial Courthouse on E Street. After years of work on the outside, the ditching and brickwork are done and lower level open for the public to see the original placement of the building on what was the beach in Old Whatcom.
Floors and Plumbing
On the upper level, where court was once held, the old maple floor was removed. It took four volunteers, including Rick Tremaine, Glenn Eastwood and Rick Kiene, about 6 hours to take up all the flooring and expose the fir boards beneath. The excess was hauled away a few days later. The downstairs floor was fired up from the cement to allow for the fir flooring to be layed.
Upstairs and downstairs, the walls have been framed. New plumbing and lighting will provide an atmosphere of comfort the building hasn’t seen in years. The building is now nearly 152 years old, the oldest brick building in the state. Its restoration is an important effort to promote our area’s history and preserve a special time in it.
On the outside, plans are for a brick pathway on the Holly Street side of the building 60 feet long by 4 feet wide. Interested people can purchase a brick for $50.00 from the Whatcom Historical Society. All monies go for the restoration.
Tune in for more updates on the building’s progress.