Who Remembers the Old Leland Building, Here in the late '40s?

Built in the 1890s, here is one of the four original brick structures at 7th and Market—probably in the 1940s—which was torn down in 1964.

Only in the vaguest memories do I recall the old Leland Building that stood on the southwest corner of 7th and Market from the 1890s to 1964, one of the original four brick structures built there on dreams of steel mill riches.

Directly across the street is, of course, the Peter Kirk Building, now the .

I would have been no older than 11 when its owner, O.F. Leland, sold it to Standard Oil Co. It was demolished in December of 1964 and soon became the site of Gene Stumpf’s Chevron gas station.

It was built during the Peter Kirk boom years, such as they were, and originally called the Jackson Hotel, with the Jackson Theater. It was sold by the Jackson family in 1925 and continued as a hotel and theater.

This photo from the Kirkland Heritage Society archives is undated, but society president Loita Hawkinson figures it was taken in the late 1940s based on the style of cars on the right.

In this photo it housed Leland Motors and Gateway Hotel and Gateway Hotel. This building was the first of the four original Kirk buildings to be completed in 1890. Daniel B. Jackson, the owner, was the grandfather of Dan Evans, the former senator and governor. The building was sold in 1925, the year Dan Evans was born.

It was Kirkland's first theater, before movies.  And then it became Kirkland's first movie theater, showing silent films.

There was a fire in the spring of 1963, which likely precipitated its demolition.

What a downright shame!

Wanda Cook April 11, 2011 at 12:33 PM
At one time wasnt there a used store in that building before it was torn down? The Leland building? I remember walking on the wood floors. Wanda Shaffer Cook
Greg Johnston April 11, 2011 at 03:39 PM
There might well have been Wanda, I would have to defer to older members of the community since I was just a boy when the Leland came down. Wish I had walked on those wooden floors. Thanks for sharing!
Rich December 28, 2011 at 11:48 PM
I Believe there was a store there for a short time. I remember passing it on my way to and from Kirkland Jr. High and many other times. I the gas station. My friends and I would stop and get a soda, until they put in an A&W across the street. Rich Priest aka Rich Webb
Jay Burnard December 09, 2012 at 05:42 AM
I was born in the Kirkland Hospital in 1941 and lived on Waverly Way. My twin brother and I walked by this corner on our way to and from Central School. I notice that the Hudson auto dealership sign is on the building but I don't remember how long the dealership was there---not very long though. I would guess only late forties and maybe to 1950. Jay Burnard, Tacoma
Greg Johnston December 10, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I barely remember the building Jay, was just a kid when it came down. The Chevron station that was there afterward though was run for years by my wife's uncle, Gene Stumpf. My wife's dad Leon Stumpf ran a Chevron station on Lake Street downtown; that site is now a parking lot.


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