Called “the most outstanding building in Everett” during its 1921 dedication, the downtown YMCA edifice is to be converted into apartments. (Jack O’Donnell via the Everett Public Library)

Called “the most outstanding building in Everett” during its 1921 dedication, the downtown YMCA edifice is to be converted into apartments. (Jack O’Donnell via the Everett Public Library)

‘The most outstanding building in Everett’

The historic downtown YMCA served for nearly a century. Today it closes.

The dedication took place on the afternoon of April 10, 1921, a Sunday.

Dr. E.T. Mathes of Bellingham, a longtime YMCA executive committee member, addressed the assembled crowd, some of whom, no doubt, contributed toward the $183,000 raised to pay for its construction.

“This Y.M.C.A. building is to me the most outstanding building in Everett — not because it is the most expensive, or because it is a successful construction of beautiful architecture and workmanship — but because it is a mark in the struggle toward the ideal — an institution to lift men and train them to the doctrine of salvation,” Mathes said, according to a story in the next day’s Herald.

For nearly a century the Georgian-style, red-orange brick building on the northwest corner of Rockefeller Avenue and California Street served as a recreational hub for the community. The original structure contained a lobby, guest rooms, a game room and gymnasium. Over the years it would be renovated and expanded.

Today it closes.

A new $33.5 million YMCA facility at 4730 Colby Ave. is scheduled to open Dec. 1.

Plans call for the historic downtown building to be converted into apartments.

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