The Peterson Buildings – on the brick Main Street

Our Historic brick Main street has two of the very few brick buildings in Stanwood.  The two brick buildings side by side  on the south side of Main street were built in the 1929 and early 30s.

They were often referred to as the Peterson Buildings, built by a Mr. Peterson, a local contractor who we know little about so far.

The east building was built as the Citizens Bank.  The Citizens bank company built a larger bank across the street one year later and became the Bank of Stanwood. The original building was taken over by a dentist though we are unsure of the exact succession of owners.

The west building was first used as the West Coast Telephone Company for many years.  West Coast Telephone was one of the many independent community telephone companies that operated in small usually rural communities outside of A T & T.

We are still working on the succession history of owners/renters of each building and help is always welcome.  Contact us!  If you like old buildings, consider helping us with research of our buildings for our participation in the September Historic Sites tour…




Spring Tea – Save the Date

Please save the date!
Stanwood Area Historical Society’s 8th Annual
SAT. MAR. 30th at 12:30
TEA SERVED at 1:30
Due to the popularity of the tea
Prepaid reservations are required.


Stanwood Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 69 • Stanwood, WA 98292
360-629-6110 • (

Celebrating the Community Heritage Grant

Snohomish County Clouncilman Nate Nehring and Richard Hayes presenting Community Heritage Grant check for historic preservation repairs and maintenance of D. O. Pearson House.

Snohomish County Councilman Nate Nehring and Richard Hanks presenting Community Heritage Grant check for historic preservation repairs and maintenance of D. O. Pearson House.

Councilman Nate Nehring presented to SAHS President Richard Hanks the check for the Community Heritage Grant funds that will be received this year for repairs and improvements to the historic Pearson House.
With matching funds from past Giving Tuesday donations for contractor work and volunteer labor the outside work on the D.O. Pearson House has been completed.  The interior of the Pearson House kitchen will be painted and will more closely match an 1890s era of the house. Wainscoting will be added to the interior walls of the living room. Safety and structural repairs on the SE corner of the Eldridge Center (museum) exterior stairway were also made. See previous posts for accounts of the progress made throughout the last few years. Though not a part of this project emergency replacement of the 20 year old gas furnace was necessary also recently. Minimal heating is necessary to preserve artifacts and prevent moisture damage in historic houses.  Thanks to all who are unnamed who have contributed to the project this year and remember(ed) us on Giving Tuesday