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At one time I'd written a rather mournful commentary here, about so many of the old Aberdeen buildings disappearing.

However, I have to say that since the above building finally got torn down in April 2009, that piece of land seems to have a much lighter feel about it.

In 2010, an old-time Aberdeen cab driver told me that the building's top floor was used for, among other things, a brothel (house of prostitution), many decades ago. So with that kind of history, it's probably just as well the building is now gone.

Part of what I'd written earlier:

"Much of Aberdeen seems to be gradually fading back into the landscape. It's getting hard to tell that it was once a substantial town - many of the decrepit old buildings have already disappeared, like the Finch Building - too expensive to do earthquake retrofitting and other modern safety-standards stuff, and the old Post Office building which sustained heavy structural damage and huge cracks during one of the earthquakes the last few years, and many other buildings."

I had thought, incorrectly, that the building shown above was part of the Lumber Exchange building, but according to newspaper articles it was a separate building. But when viewed from Heron Street, it looked like all one building. Apparently (I'll include this info for historical purposes) the torn-down building's address was 403 East Heron Street. Or, for better page search visibility to people doing online research on this subject, the proper USPS format would have been 403 E Heron St .


  • The "Do Not Enter" sign on the picture above, is one of two such signs for the bridge off-ramp which runs alongside where the building was. I wasn't really thinking about it when I took the picture, but looking at it later I like the way the sign shows up in the picture, as if it means steer the heck clear of the decrepit old building too.

  • The brown stuff on the building was rust from the ferrous-metal window support thingies; the brown stuff on the bridge railing (lower right of picture) is moss or lichen or something. Just because those areas have southern exposure (full sun, when there is such a thing, anyway), doesn't keep the moss from growing there - it is Grays Harbor, after all.

  • The land is now a parking lot for the adjacent Union Gospel mission - they bought the land with some fanciful ideas in mind, but all they've done in two years is make a parking lot. That said, the site does look better than it did before, and at least the old building won't fall into the street and squash hapless tourists who happen to be driving by on their way to more pleasant destinations, so it's an improvement.


Kodak DC215 manufactured c. 1999.


Late summer / early autumn 2006.

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