Friday Harbor Center – Approved New Construction

Friday Harbor Center - photo courtesy Gordy Petersen

2002 San Juan island Fire - photo courtesy sanjuanislander.com

On May 9th 2002, a devastating fire consumed nearly an entire block of downtown Friday Harbor. Volunteer fire fighters from Friday Harbor, San Juan, Orcas and Lopez island fire districts responded to the call and prevented the fire from spreading to other buildings in the downtown core of Friday Harbor’s historic district. In 2004 two new buildings were erected and now house eleven businesses, a covered parking garage and these five exclusive extended stay luxury suites.

Friday Harbor Center - Rear of Building - photo courtesy Gordy Petersen

With a vision for rebuilding and a commitment to the architectural style that characterizes historic Friday Harbor, property owners Lori and Gordy Petersen worked with the Town’s Historic Preservation Review Board to design buildings that would compliment the historic district and accommodate a variety of locally owned and operated small businesses. In 2005 they received the Town’s “Partners in Preservation Award” for “Outstanding Achievement in Historically Compatible New Construction” for the Friday Harbor Center project.