LYNDEN DEPARTMENT STORE
The Lynden Department Store is a historic commercial structure that anchors the Whatcom County town of Lynden, near the Canadian border in northwest Washington State. Our firm conducted extensive research on this heritage property and crafted a National Register nomination narrative that clarified this building's place in the history of the Pacific Northwest and the United States, focusing on the importance of the rural department store as both an economic and social force in late nineteenth and early twentieth century America - and this building's place in that history. In spite of fire damage to the top floor of the building, the National Park Service agreed that the property had retained its essential architectural integrity and that it was eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
We are now working with RMC Architects in Bellingham to investigate adaptive re-use strategies that could take advantage of the federal historic tax credit program in order to return this important building to a central role in the life of Lynden.