Pomeroy Washington Downtown National Historic District

Historic District Downtown Building Inventory

Current (2021) view of Pomeroy Steam Laundry building

Apparently protecting the deterioration. How it looked in late-Summer, 2021

Pomeroy Steam Laundry (Site ID 53)

37 South 6th Street

Classification: Historic Contributing

The Pomeroy Steam Laundry was constructed around 1912 by the Bryars family from concrete blocks shipped by truck from the Silcott area. The second owner was Chris Obenland who owned the business until ill heath forced him to sell the building in the late 1920s (he died in 1930). By 1930, the building was used for lumber storage.

Ferd Herres used the building in the mid-1940s for his home and farm supply store while constructing a new building on Main Street. Pacific Power and Light later used the building for storage. Currently, the building is used for storage for the Farm and Home Supply.

The one-story concrete block building has a stepped side parapet with a slightly projecting cap, one-over-one double-hung wood sash windows on the south and north elevations, an entrance door flanked by windows on the west elevation.

Apparently due to deterioration of the original building materials, the building was covered in white metallic siding prior to October, 2007.

Description and much of the Cultural Data based on
research by Donovan & Associates

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