Waterman & Katz Building

701 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA

Three story brick commercial building built in 1885


Waterman & Katz Building

Photo taken by Richard Doody in January 2010



This three-story commercial building was built by Sigmund Waterman and Israel and William Katz in 1885 at a cost of $20,000. Waterman & Katz general store was the third largest store in Washington Territory by 1888 when Waterman died of rheumatism and William Katz was killed in a boating accident. Israel Katz ran the store for the next 25 years and became Mayor in 1915. He disappeared from his home under mysterious circumstances in 1917 and was never found.

Update Log 

  • February 5, 2019: New photos from Richard Doody
  • February 5, 2019: Added by Richard Doody


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