Bank of Issaquah

111 Front Street N

Bank of Issaquah building, 111 Front Street N, August 25, 2019, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Washington State Bank (previously Bank of Issaquah), ca. 1953, Courtesy Issaquay History Museums (IHM 91-7-88)
Washington State Bank (previously Bank of Issaquah), ca. 1950, Courtesy Issaquay History Museums (91007088)
Issaquah Bank, ca. 1911, Courtesy Issaquah History Museums (72-21-14-179A)

This distinctive building was built in 1910 to serve as the Bank of Issaquah, and at the time it was one of the most sophisticated and ornate buildings in town. The first floor served as a bank under various different names until 1965, when the bank moved to a newer building on Front Street. The second floor served as a doctor’s office and a dentist’s office in the building’s early years. Later, the building hosted the local telephone exchange as well as the local paper, the Issaquah Press. Since 1965, the building has continued to serve as the home for various local businesses.

The structure was dramatically remodeled in 1949 and lost most of its grandeur in the process. Its north end has no windows, and it appears to have been deliberately left unfinished after the 1949 remodel, leading to speculation that there were plans to build another building immediately adjacent to the bank building. That hasn’t happened, and the space is currently an alleyway and a parking lot.

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