“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Eureka in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The former Fairwind

Italianate Architecture - circa 1870


—Eureka Historic Landmark —

The former Fairwind Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 6, 2012
1. The former Fairwind Marker
The marker is just visible in the third picture, mounted above the door at the side entrance (223 1/2) of the building.
Inscription. Saloons, Kitty Farris' Joy Emporium, and Fairwind and New Fairwind Cafe.

This program possible through a partnership with owners Ferguson-Winsted, Eureka Main Street, and the Eureka Heritage Society.
Erected 2006 by Eureka MainStreet, Eureka Heritage Society.
Location. 40° 48.249′ N, 124° 10.154′ W. Marker is in Eureka, California, in Humboldt County. Marker is on 2nd Street west of D Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 223 1/2 2nd Street, Eureka CA 95501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eagle House (within shouting distance of this marker); Metropole Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Eureka Business College (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); C.W. Long Building (about 500 feet away); Clarke Memorial Museum (about 500 feet away); The Cousins Building (about 600 feet away); Needs/Williams Building (about 600 feet away); Italianate Architecture (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Eureka.
Also see . . .  This 1870s saloon has a red-light past and a rosy future. The Times-Standard's article (3/1/2006) on the former Fairwind building
The former Fairwind - side view looking west Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 6, 2012
2. The former Fairwind - side view looking west
During the rehab the shingling was removed from the side of the building to reveal a sign for the New Fairwind Cafe, which occupied the building from the 1950s to the early 1980s (click on picture to enlarge).
and the goings on in the surrounding area: " From bawdy, to conventional, to downtrodden, to trendy, this 130-something building reflects the story of Eureka's Old Town as well as any other. Curiously, the commercial structure at 223 Second St. looks as if it has stood the ravages of time undisturbed, with all of its Italianate finery intact. Looks can be deceiving.... (Submitted on November 17, 2012.) 
Additional keywords. bordello brothel prostitution
The former Fairwind - looking north across 2nd Street. Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 6, 2012
3. The former Fairwind - looking north across 2nd Street.
Although it looks old, and it is old, the old look is relatively new. The building underwent a number of changes and modernization through its various owners and uses. When the building was bought by the Ferguson and Winsted families in 1998, it had deteriorated and looked different than it does now. Four years were spent rehabbing the building, and it was given an 1870s-style facade that with a bit of weathering looks quite original.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 217 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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