Bellingham National Bank clock gets needed repairs

The iconic clock outside the Bellingham National Bank building soon will be working again, although the owners were disappointed to discover the original parts were no longer inside.

It appears the original mechanisms were replaced about 30 years ago, said Bob Hall, who with David Johnston purchased the building at the corner of East Holly Street and Cornwall Avenue at the end of July for $4.3 million.

“I was really hoping to see the brass pendulums and the original parts,” said Hall, adding that the work should be completed in the next day or two.

Opened in 1913, the five-story bank building is known for its ornate, high-ceiling lobby and Italian marble. It’s on the National Registrar of Historical Places and has 66,072 square feet of leasable space.

The clock wasn’t installed until the summer of 1927. according to Jeff Jewell, historian at Whatcom Museum.

The building owners are continuing other improvement projects, including repairing the “Welcome to Bellingham” mural on the southeast side of the building.