Location: 209 Fourth Ave W
Olympia Downtown National Historic District, Local Register

bohac harnessBohac Harness and John’s Cigar Shop, 1914, by Robert Esterly, photo courtesy of Washington State Historical Society barnes floralBarnes Floral House today (2010), photo by Matthew Kennelly

The Bohac Harness Store and John’s Cigar store at above left were typical of the wooden buildings and businesses, often with Western-style false fronts, that lined Fourth Avenue west towards and onto the bridge. To the left of these buildings was the Tacoma Hall (Barnes Building site), an important public building, and later on, the Bolster and Barnes grocery store.

The building shown above right is actually one wing of an L-shaped building that wraps around the Barnes Building (if you look at that building, you will see the other end of the L to the left of the taller building). Inventories sometimes refer to these buildings as one, and they are considered one building in the local register of historic places. The L-shaped building has continually been owned by the Barnes family since 1901, while the taller building is owned by the Odd Fellows.

For more information follow these links:

Washington  State Historical  Society photographs, enter the following catalog number in collection search box: 2010.149.10.2 (above photo); C1964.

Olympia Heritage Inventory (Barnes Building)

Olympia Downtown National Historic District

For more information about the John Barnes family, see the Residents section of this website

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