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Kiggins, John P. and Mary, House, Vancouver, Washington
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rose Red
N 45° 38.328 W 122° 39.840
10T E 526186 N 5053971
Quick Description: The Kiggins House is significant primarily through its association with John Phillip Kiggins (1868-1941) and Mary J. Connerton Kiggins (1873-1956).
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 4/25/2006 4:35:33 PM
Waymark Code: WMB9E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wilsonjw
Views: 36

Long Description:

The Kiggins House is significant primarily through its association with one of the most dynamic and successful businessmen, public officeholders and local proponents of growth in Vancouver’s history, John Phillip Kiggins (1868-1941).

John P. Kiggins married Mary J. Connerton (1873-1956) in Clark County on January 17, 1898.

Kiggins launched numerous successful businesses, but he is best remembered for construction and operation of movie theaters, one of which remains in operation. The Kiggins Theater, the oldest in Vancouver, was built in the Art Deco style of the 1930s. Construction began on September 20, 1935 at 11th and Main Street with the architectural design by Day W. Hillborn. There was outstanding use of formed concrete with decorative motifs. The theater formally opened to a full house on April 24, 1936. It fell on hard times and was closed for refurbishing for several months, reopening in May 1998.

The Kiggins House is Craftsman architectural style, two and one-half stories high, with narrow wooden bevel siding, a painted metal tile roof, and a front gable.

The Kiggins house was moved from N 45° 37.718 W 122° 40.051 to a new location at E. 24th & H Streets in June 2008 so the new Main Library (Vancouver Community Library) can be built across the street from Providence Academy. The rest of the buildings will be torn down including Architect Day Hilborn's office unfortunately.

Instructions for logging waymark: A photograph is required of you (or your GPS receiver, if you're waymarking solo) and the place.

Street address:
411 E. Evergreen Blvd. (former)
E. 24th and H Streets
Vancouver, WA USA

County / Borough / Parish: Clark

Year listed: 1995

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Person

Periods of significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949

Historic function: Domestic

Current function: Commerce/Trade

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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