Fairhaven Village Green & Other New Landmarks

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, festivals and farmer's markets.   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
Many of Fairhaven's new landmarks are incorporated in the Village Green....others are just a few steps away.  

Today, the Fairhaven Village Green is host to Saturday night summer film programs, a weekly seasonal farmers’ market on Wednesdays, bocce ball tournaments, musical events, art and antique shows and a year-round space for people-watching and general relaxation.  

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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 donators 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.    


This bronze bust was created by sculptor Robert McDermott, who created our Dirty Dan statue on the Village Green.  If Dirty Dan started Fairhaven, then Larrabee helped build it.   Brian Griffin, who gave us the Fairhaven Village Green was behind this. Dedication was held October 2008, with several of Larrabee’s descendants attending the ceremony.  

The bust is located on 11th Street between Harris and Mill Avenues, next to Rustic Coffee.  

Statue of
J. J. Donovan
J.J. Donovan loved Bellingham. He was a civil engineer, lumberman, railroad superintendent, progressive business man and community leader. He made his mark on Bellingham. To celebrate his legacy, the Fairhaven Village Green Committee commissioned local sculptor Bob McDermott to create a permanent tribute to J.J. Donovan. The piece depicts J.J. writing a letter to his bride, Clara.   
This popular bench is located at the corner of Harris Avenue and 11th Street, in front of Rocket Donuts.