Fairhaven Village Green
Historic Fairhaven is fortunate to have a Bellingham City Park as its center.  Completed in 2003, the Fairhaven Village Green has much to enjoy, including summer movies on the green and festivals.
There are many historic elements to this new landmark as it is bordered to the east by the 1890 Knights of Pythias Building and 1891 Fairhaven Grocery.  A 1923  bronze Tulip Drinking Fountain was moved here, created by Knute Evertz, grandfather of Bellingham Mayor, Kelli Linville. 
The statue of Fairhaven Founder, Dirty Dan Harris is popular with old and young alike.  The Village Green mural was recently updated and offers a view of Fairhaven in 1927.  Two man-hole covers are designed to feature the Fairhaven Hotel and the Gamwell House.


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 In 2001, a group of nine private citizens decided to renovate the Fairhaven Green - a grassy plot behind Village Books.   The Fairhaven Village Green committee asked the City of Bellingham for $350,000 to fund the project.  Private donors contributed another $300,000. The committee sold engraved bricks, paving stones and benches to raise funds.    Brian Griffin, a member of the Fairhaven Village Green Committee, was master of ceremonies for the dedication two years later – April 26, 2003.   


The beautiful bronze statue of Dirty Dan Harris was created by local artist Robert McDermott.   The statue, in which a laid-back Dan in suspenders and bowler appears to be taking it easy on a park bench, is a favorite fixture of the Fairhaven Village Green.  As McDermott told the Seattle Times before the 2003 opening, "I wanted Dan to be accessible and able to interact with people," McDermott says. "Kids can crawl all over him and sit on his lap, even spill their ice cream on him. I didn't want Dan to be some cold imposing monument, but more like a neighbor down the road." 

2003 and 2014

Artist Lanny LIttle originally created the mural in 2001 around a blank white wall that was used to show movies.  It was renovated in 2003 when the Fairhaven Village Green was created and its latest renovation was finished in 2014.    
 Tulip Fountain

The Tulip Fountain was created by Knute Evertz to celebrate the tulip bulp industry in the early 1900s in Whatcom County.  

It was one of five tulip foundations located throughout Bellingham.  One of the fountains can be seen in the mural on the right, in front of the Terminal Building.    

This fountain was originally located in Whatcom Falls Park.

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