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1/3/2013

American Legion Hall Post #27 on Clark County Heritage Register

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Jacqui Kamp, Community Planning
Phone: (360) 397-2280 ext. 4913

Vancouver, WA – Clark County’s Historic Preservation Commission has added the American Legion Hall Post #27 to the Clark County Heritage Register.

The building, at 1554 N.E. Third Ave., Camas, was designed in 1933 by local architect and World War I veteran Walter Day Hilborn. He is known for designing several noteworthy buildings in Clark County, including the Clark County Courthouse, Kiggins Theater and Camas City Hall/Library.

Many Camas residents served abroad during wars or stepped into mill jobs vacated by those serving overseas. The American Legion Hall, completed in 1935, gave people returning from military service a place to socialize with others who shared in their experiences. Although begun by veterans for veterans, the hall quickly became a gathering place for anyone in the community.

Over the years, the building also has been used as a roller skating rink and a neon sign company. The current owner, CID Bio-Science Inc., initiated the nomination to the historic register and oversaw the building’s renovation. The company designs, manufactures, and markets instruments for agricultural and environmental research.

The Historic Preservation Commission initiates and maintains the local historic register and reviews proposed design changes to registered properties.

For more information about the American Legion Hall Post #27 or the Historic Preservation program, please contact Community Planning at (360) 397-2280 ext. 4913 or go to www.clark.wa.gov/planning/historic.

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