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Wonders of Whatcom talk features local civic and commercial architecture

Learn about historic local buildings during a free Wonders of Whatcom program that focuses on Non-residential Architecture” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in the Fireplace Room of the Fairhaven Branch Library, 1117 12th St.

Marilyn Boysen will show photographs of civic and commercial buildings and discuss their architectural styles, design details, and history of ownership and use. The presentation is most appropriate for adults and older children who can sit through the talk.

Examples include the Lynden jail circa 1900; the 1880s terminal building, the oldest commercial building in Fairhaven; the 1892 City Hall, built in the Second Empire Victorian Style; the 1899 Clover Block, named for one of Ella Higginson’s poems; and the Washington National Guard Armory, site of a roller-skating rink. The program will also include churches, with one slide showing what might be the only flying buttress in Whatcom County.