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The Mount Baker Block, located on the northwest corner of Water and Taylor Streets, along with the Hastings Building, anchors the core of our downtown. One of the reasons Port Townsend is such a unique place is that the scale of buildings were designed during the late nineteenth century for a city local businessmen thought would become a great commercial port similar to San Francisco. They completed the buildings, but their grandiose ideas collapsed after only 30 miles of the track materialized between the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula and Portland. The Romanesque buildings that evoke a grand scale remain. Much like Brigadoon, Port Townsend remains in a visual sense frozen in time.
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