Monday, September 1, 2014

Forts George Wright and Worden Used the Same Building Plan

Things we take for granted today were not widely used 100 years ago. Take window screens. They were invented in the early 1800s, and were plentifully in use by the late 1800s but some windows used other methods to deny nature's entry.

I snapped these photos during a tour of the Commandant's house on Fort Worden in Port Townsend, Washington, when I visited there in August. Was this really the bathroom of the 1905 house? Pretty nice. But then the Commandant's home had to be extra nice. The window was open and I noticed the spike-strips nailed on the outside window sill. I assumed they were to keep away the pigeons and other birds?? I've seen these strips used on the outsides of public buildings to keep away the pooing-pigeons but never on a window sill. How about you?

This is "my" house out on Fort George Wright. I say "my house," because in 1956 it was auxiliary base housing for Fairchild Air Force Base. We had moved with the Air Force to Spokane and Dad drew housing in THIS HOUSE! (It's now the Nelly Mosher guest house on Mukogawa.) I share this picture to show you that the house I toured at Fort Worden was built on almost the exact same floor plan:

I found it most interesting to note that here in Spokane they built the fort buildings of brick and over in Port Townsend they used lumber...... and the construction period is nearly the same.

Gives me pause to wonder if other military forts of the period used the same building plans? Makes sense that they did.

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