Making Room for the New on Old Main Street

Photo courtesy Eastside Heritage Center

Photo courtesy Eastside Heritage Center

Many Bellevue residents have been unaware that Old Main Street’s oldest structure still stood behind a jewelry store on Main Street. The Philbrook House, originally a farmhouse and then residence for Civil War veteran Alphonso Philbrook, later became a restaurant serving whalers working in Meydenbauer Bay in the 1920s. In the 1940s it was a plumbing store, then a bakery and from the 70s to 90s housed various businesses. The building is scheduled for demolition to make way for an office building.

Efforts to raise funds to save the building have been unsuccessful. Both temporary and permanent sites were explored with the City, but ultimately the cost to relocate the building was too high and the date for demolition didn’t leave enough time to explore other options. The City of Bellevue is working with the owner of the property on plans to create a display at the site to commemorate the Philbrook House and honor the history of the structure.

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