A correction: when I stated that the Bush House was “set up more on the lines of a mid-century motel more than anything else”, I was thinking the addition had been made sometime in the early 40’s or so. Science Girl disagreed. Vehemently so. And, being Science Girl, she did some research. She came up with this photo, which clearly shows that the addition had been made by 1910 -11, at least. I stand corrected.
Also, it appears that the building has been standing empty since 2002, when it was shut down for “repairs and remodeling”. My best guess is that it acquired some damage in the Nisqually earthquake. I don’t know the extent, but apparently it was enough to keep the place closed until now. Not a good sign, really. I hope someone with some deep pockets buys it and starts the renovation soon; the longer the building sits, the worse it’s going to get.
And now we’re up to date. I’m back at work, feeling the screws tightening again. It’s almost like we never left town. Blechh.