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Northwest Improvement Company Store

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1889; 2012 renovation, SHKS Architects. 101 E. Pennsylvania Ave.
  • (Photograph by Robert R. Franklin)
  • (Photograph by Robert R. Franklin)
  • (Photograph by Robert R. Franklin)
  • (Photograph by Robert R. Franklin)
  • (Photograph by Robert R. Franklin)
  • (Photograph by Robert R. Franklin)

The Northern Pacific Coal Company, a division of the Northern Pacific Railroad, owned and operated the company store that supplied goods to the residents of Roslyn in the nineteenth century. The company constructed this one-story building in the downtown commercial core at First Street and East Pennsylvania Avenue in 1889. It was one of three general stores serving Roslyn, carrying basic staples such as food, clothing, hardware, and furnishings.

The store is built primarily of brick with a mostly flat roof, prominent parapet, pressed tin ceiling, and wooden columns. The Northwest Improvement Company purchased the store in 1898 and, in 1916, remodeled the storefront from its original round-arched openings to the present cast-iron and glass facade. The building is currently owned by the Roslyn Downtown Association.

Writing Credits

Robert R. Franklin
J. Philip Gruen
Robert R. Franklin



  • 1887

    Design and construction
  • 2012


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Robert R. Franklin, "Northwest Improvement Company Store", [Roslyn, Washington], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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