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Fircrest was ready and waiting when America exploded into the modern era following World War II. In 1906, the creative energy of Edward "Major" Bowes, of Amateur Hour fame, combined with the engineering brilliance of Mat R. Thompson to create the quintessential American suburb. Anticipating America's love affair with the automobile, they designed a modern "suburban park" with wide streets that curved with the contours of the land. Brisk initial sales faded, and the development, Regents Park, struggled. But the people of "the Park" persevered. In 1925, the Fircrest Golf Club was started, and the homeowners joined together to incorporate. Seeking a fresh start, they renamed their village the City of Fircrest. Postwar homebuilders discovered a solid community with a modern plan and available shovel-ready lots. When the dust settled, the iconic midcentury American neighborhood that Bowes and Thompson envisioned stood proud.
ISBN: 9781467133906
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 188
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
R.R. Colyer was born in Tacoma and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in architecture from the University of Washington. After living on the Big Island for six years, he returned home and settled in Fircrest, where he lives with his wife, Marjorie, and works as a real estate broker.
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