The Phil Leng Team: September 2011

Peter Kirk Building Kirkland, WA

Peter Kirk Building Kirkland, WA

Peter Kirk Building Kirkland, WAwww.ilovekirkland.org

Without a doubt, the coolest (perhaps, most significant) historical structure in Kirkland is the Peter Kirk Building. The Peter Kirk Building Kirkland, WA is located on the corner of Market Street and Seventh Avenue. The building is situated in Kirkland’s historic commercial core and is perched in a residential area within walking distance of beautiful Lake Washington.

Peter Kirk Building Kirkland, WA was of course built by the city’s founder and namesake, Peter Kirk. Peter Kirk constructed the building in 1889 as the centerpiece of his planned steel producing city. The building is late Victorian and Romanesque in character. The most notable and attracting feature of the building is the beautiful corner turret. The exterior is constructed of locally pressed red brick with plaster, rusticated stone, and tin trimmings. For the most part, the building continues to appear in the same condition as it did in the late 19th century. Changes that were made include: an interior stairway moved and an addition of a fire escape and mezzanine. The entrance to the building is semi-circular with recessed door and is topped with the second level turret and a candle snuffer roof. The turret has four double hung windows topped with stained glass lights.

Construction for the building began in 1889, in what was then Kirkland’s main intersection and intended business district. The bricks used for construction came from Peter Kirk’s own www.ilovekirkland.orgbrick works (once located on the site of Peter Kirk Park). Construction of the Peter Kirk Building Kirkland, WA cost a total of $8,000.  First occupants of the building was Peter Kirk’s Investment Company (upper floor). The corner turret was Peter Kirk’s office. The lower floor was occupied by a dry good business and the Elder Drugstore. Peter Kirk and his investment firm left the building after the Panic of 1893, realizing that the city would never become a great steel producing city. Over the years, the upper level was used as apartment homes while the lower floor continued to host businesses (butcher shop, grocery, furniture store). After many years of vacancy, the building was saved by a local teacher, William RadclIffe, who turned the upstairs into an art studio and would restore the building into what it is today, the Kirkland Arts Center. Peter Kirk Building Kirkland, WA was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Peter Kirk Building Kirkland, WA is currently an art gallery as well as an education center. The building is owned by the Kirkland Arts Center which is the area’s only free, professional non-profit gallery. The organization is directly involved with the community, providing classes for emerging artists of all skill levels in the community. For more information on the Peter Kirk Building Kirkland, WA please visit www.kirklandheritage.org or www.kirklandartscenter.org


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