Susie Van Kirk

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With its exceptional array of Victorian and turn-of-the- century commercial and residential structures, Ferndale is recognized statewide as a place of historic significance. Individual structures are notable examples of late 19th and early 20th century styles, many displaying the opulent applied ornamentation of the period. But the significance of this collection is not simply that of individual structures; rather, it is the architectural and historic integrity of the town as a whole that preserves a Victorian character rarely found in late 20th century America. These notable examples are supported by a sprinkling of settlement-period house types and good representatives of the Craftsman Period and pre-1950 housing. Without question, Ferndale qualifies as a district or, perhaps, as several districts for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.


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