Thursday, January 1, 2009

Port Townsend – The Hastings Building

Hastings Building - Port Townsend
The Hastings Building in Port Townsend would not be out of place in Barcelona and posing as a Gaudi creation. It reminds us of Casa Milà better known of La Pedera (‘the quarry’). This photo was taken while we were taking a tour, on foot, of the town.

Port Townsend was founded in 1851 and is named after Marquis of Townshend (1724 – 1807) who was a friend of George Vancouver (1757 – 1798) who explored much of the Pacific Northwest. The railroad never came to Port Townsend to connect it with Tacoma in the late 1800s and the town languished until the 1970s when people started moving back.

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