Village Green Mural 
by Lanny Little

11th and Harris circa 1927
 
 

 
 
 
Who's Who in the Mural?
 
Corner of 11th and Harris, once the location of 
Citizen's Bank and later the Sandwick Building.
Current location of Rocket Donuts.
 
Historian's Corner:  Most longtime Fairhaven folks know Gordon (Gordy) Tweit, the former owner of Fairhaven Pharmacy who is a font of historical knowledge and artifacts about Bellingham. Tweit stands in the lower left foreground.  Behind Tweit, wearing a violet dress, is Penny Tillson, who published the Fairhaven Gazette, a quarterly magazine from the early 1980s to the mid-'90s.
 
Brian Griffin can be seen playing the ukelele; his hat on the ground for contributions.    Griffin is a writer, historian (among numerous talents) and very successful in raising money and creating a number of important projects.  In Fairhaven these include the Village Green which was completed in 2003.  He was also the force behind the sculptures of Dirty Dan, J.J. Donovan and  C.X. Larrabee.   Brian is currently writing a book about Fairhaven due in late 2015.  . 

Galen Biery, arms crossed, is a well-known historian, photographer and photo collector who died in 1994.
 
Next to Biery is Rosamonde Van Miert, the author of several local history books, including "The Fairhaven Hotel Journal 1889-1956."
 
 
THE BUSY CORNER (now the Terminal Building)
 
The Northeast Corner of 11th and Harris has been Tony's Coffee since the early 1970s.  Tony, who now lives in Hawaii can be seen at the corner with, of course, a cup of coffee.
 
 
 
Ken Imus, prominent Fairhaven developer, sits behind the wheel of the Model T with his wife, Barbara.  
 
To the right of the vehicle, crossing the street, are Chuck and Dee Robinson, co-owners of Village Books and Paper Dreams.


 
  

Upstairs at the Busy Corner you will find Jim Rich (playing Dirty Dan Harris) and Anna Williams, who helped to make the Ski to Sea festival into an important event.
 

On April 24, 2004, the "Who's Who" gathered for a photo in front of the mural.   (With the exception of the late Galen Biery and the out-of-town Chuck Robinson.)  The photo and description of the photo shoot can be found in the link below. 

View photo by Bellingham Photographer Mark Turner

 

Space was created in the line-up and Chuck was photo-shopped in later.   The finished photo can be found at the Colophon Cafe in the new south addition.
 
 
 
 
The Artist:  Lanny Little
 
Fairhaven has been a popular subject for a number of Lanny's paintings.  His murals can be seen throughout Bellingham.   
 
Lanny has added movies to his creative accomplishments.  Several videos about Fairhaven can be found in MORE: Historic Videos.   
 
See below for his video about Lanny's work on the Village Green Mural
 
 


 
 
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