Bishop Building

720 Washington Street, Port Townsend, WA

Three story brick commercial building built in 1890


Bishop Building

Photo taken by Richard Doody in January 2010



The Bishop Building was financed and built in 1890 by William Bishop Sr. an English seaman who jumped ship at Port Townsend in the 1860s. Bishop operated the building for a number of years, renting out the street level spaces. The original tenants were were I.D. O’Neill and Company, insurance agents and attorney Oliver Wood. Bishop later sold the building to the Owl Cigar Company which used the upper floors as a tobacco warehouse. Tanner and Swan's Port Townsend Soda Works bottled soft drinks here during prohibition. In 1940 the U.S. Navy converted the building into a rooming house.

Update Log 

  • February 4, 2019: New photos from Richard Doody
  • February 4, 2019: Added by Richard Doody


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