Happy You’re Here!

Read about my visit to J.S. White’s birthplace in Tamworth, NH.

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Our fine art book, J. S. White, Our First Architect: His Surviving Structures from 19th-Century Snohomish, features essays by local historian Warner Blake (Early Snohomish, Snohomish: Then and Now), and color portraits by Seattle photographer Otto Greule. White left nothing behind except his buildings, so I combed through newspapers of the time to discover White’s story and identify his structures. Generously illustrated with over 60 historic photographs.

Produced by Seattle’s Lucia|Marquand and published by the People of Snohomish and Friends in 2017.

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To purchase by check please remit $36.68 ($2.73 tax & $4 shipping) payable to Snohomish Stories, 230 Avenue B, Snohomish, WA 98290.  

Ten percent is donated to the Snohomish Historical Society.

Unsigned copies of our Fine Art Book are shrink wrapped and available at the following fine bookstores:
Lake Forest Park | Third Place Books, 206.366.3333
Everett | Judy Matheson, Gifts, 425.258.2287
Seattle | Peter Miller Books, 206.441.1501
And online at Amazon.

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Arcade Article

“Researching the history of the architecture in small towns like Snohomish is often an impossible task. Early cities and towns had little or no requirements for building permits, early architects’ records are typically nonexistent, and other information, if it exists, can be extremely difficult to dig up. Thus it is quite unusual that we have a new book that documents and illustrates the work of pioneer Snohomish architect and builder John S. White (1845–1920). Published in 2017, local historian Warner S. Blake’s book, J. S. White: Our First Architect; His Surviving Structures from 19th-Century Snohomish, is an illustrated guide (with photography by Otto Greule) that tells the story of White’s Snohomish career.”

Read the entire essay by Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, a professor in the Department of Architecture who currently serves as associate dean in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington; and who showered our project with many useful suggestions for which we are grateful, as well as for this essay.

Many More Reviews …


Two presentations are available for free for groups of any size:

Discovering the White Building Hidden in Plain Sight.
Warner created a power-point presentation to tell the story about White’s masterpiece structure, located at 924 First Street that he both built and owned, but was misidentified for over 40 years. It’s a feel-good story about a serendipitous research break that was selected for presentation at the 66th Pacific Northwest History Conference: “Hidden Histories, Diverse Publics” held in Spokane, October 12-14, 2017.

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Photographer Otto Greule

“Making the Photographs” with Seattle Architectural Photographer Otto Greule. A fascinating, illustrated behind the scenes look at the photographer’s process both in the field and tips of post-production.

Contact Warner to book a presentation for your group’s holiday gathering.

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Past Events

Board of Angels & Publishers

• Karen Guzak, President
• Mary Pat Connors, Secretary
• Julie O’Ferrel, Treasurer
• Janet Kusler
• Leah & Shaun McNatt
• Melinda Gladstone
• Otto Greule
• Denise Johns & Terry Thoren
• Margaret & Randy Riddle
• Joan & Mike Whitney
• Penny & Gary Ferguson
• Warner Blake, Director

And Our Publishers:
Ed and Margarita Anderson • Lya Badgley and Sasha Babic • Bob Bickford • Sara Blake • Robert Sarazin Blake • Donna and Peter Blake • Diane and Bill Bylund • Diana Carver • Karen Charnell and Thomas M. Tredway • Melody Clemans • Peg and Jeffery Cox • Teresa Courtney • Karen Crowley and Tom Merrill • Penny and Fred Cruger • Michael Edwards • Nancy Finelli •  Cynthia First and Ron Dotzauer  •  Ed Garth • Susan Geib • Rachel Ben-Shmuel and Serge Gregory • Marta Gronlund & David Carrithers • Lauren Guzak • Chad Alice Hagen • Cherie Hembree • Laura Huntington • Eric Lewis • Rebecca Loveless • Peter Moore • Mathew Naki • Chris Wakefield and Todd Nichols • Dale Preboski and Paul Kaftanski • Barb Rohe and Willie Dickerson • Nicole Robinson and Matt Naki • Jackie and Ken Roelen • Regie and Frank Routman • Lynn and Alex Schilaty • Nan and Ross Scott • Lita Sheldon • Debbie and Chad Shue • Nora Terwilliger and Robert Noble • Ellen and Eric Vannice • Grant Weed • Joan Wilson.

Thank You All!

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News & Stories

Ann Tuohy Likes to Solve Puzzles: Where Was J.S. White Born and What Was Name?

Within weeks after mailing a donation of our book, J.S. White Our First Architect, to the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, NH, White’s birthplace, I received a complimentary thank you email from Chris Clyne, the local history librarian. However, the second paragraph read in part: “but found no record of his family in Tamworth.” Further, …