Kirkland Now & Then | 101 Kirkland Avenue

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Today, the corner of Kirkland Avenue and Lake Street is the home of The 101 apartments. The corner was home to banks and real estate companies during most of the twentieth century. The photos above, provided by the Kirkland Heritage Society, show the various buildings located at this site over the years.

In the summer of 2008, the 1960's era Bank of America building was falling under disrepair. Plans for a five story mixed-use residential building became bogged down during the design phase as a group of residents appealed the project to the City Council. Subsequent events lead to a quasi judicial hearing, a building moratorium and changes to zoning in the downtown business district. A settlement was reached between the parties of the appeal and the City and the development was allowed to continue with modification. In the end, the 5th floor of the building was reduced in size and there was an offsetting increase in the ground floor footprint resulting in narrower sidewalks along Kirkland Avenue.

Today, The 101 boasts residential and retail space, underground parking and public art. The downtown Bank of America branch is planned to re-locate to 101 Kirkland sometime this year.

The 1913 image was taken by Ernest Fortescue, Sr of Charles Parrish's commercial Building--at one time considered the finest on the Eastside. Real estate developer Parrish and his wife came to Kirkland during the 1890 steel mill boom. The 1965 view was from the old East Side Journal. Clayton Shinstrom, founder of Shinstrom's Insurance, acquired and merged the Kirkland State and first National banks on this spot, which he and his sons operated as the First National Bank. In 1953 it was sold to the National Bank of Commerce.

Matt McCauley, Kirkland Heritage Society