(1892-1893) at 121 Prospect St with maritime Heritage Park in the foreground. In 1891, after the towns of Whatcom and New Whatcom (formerly Sehome) consolidated, plans were made to erect a new city hall on land donated by P.B. Cornwall. After a contract was awarded & excavation had begun, a newly elected city council decided to change the building's location because the original location was above an old mining tunnel. So Henry Roeder sold the city four new lots with a great view of Bellingham and Bellingham Bay for $5,000.|
Designed in the Second Empire style of Victorian architecture with an eclectic mixture of the Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival style, this striking building is currently one of the most exquisite examples of this style in the Pacific Northwest. The stunning architecture of this structure has made it a citys jewel & a prominent feature of the city skyline.