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Celebrating the Ellis-Forde Building

May 10, 2023 – For Preservation Month, we’d like to celebrate the Ellis-Forde Building and Mercantile! The Ellis-Forde Building was built in 1905 and became the area’s first chain department store, The Ellis-Forde Co. Today, the building is the home of Mercantile, a space designed to foster economic development and to build community.

“It’s extremely gratifying to walk through the doors of the Ellis-Forde Building and Mercantile and reflect on how far we’ve come in almost five years. Mercantile’s success and the social and economic impacts it is making in Downtown and on Wenatchee in general through the incredible individuals and organizations working and interacting there is exactly what we envisioned. Planning what’s next for this existing, historic contributing structure is full of challenges, but we’re excited to have brick and mortar, old timber, and high ceilings to work with – as well as the stories of those before us.” – Heather Ostenson, Mercantile Owner
More information about Preservation Month can be found at savingplaces.org
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