The Orcas Artworks building is significant to the agricultural history of Orcas Island. It embodies the story of rural life and farming in the depression era of the 1930s and during World War II. The building was constructed in the 1930s as a strawberry packing plant where Orcas-grown strawberries were processed, barreled, and shipped to the mainland for market. The advent of WWII in 1941 led to the demise of this island industry that was dependent on farm laborers. The Land Bank acquired an easement to maintain the historic character of the building and to preserve the open space quality of the surrounding grounds.
A tragic fire severely damaged the building in 2013. Hear about the community-based restoration effort and learn how you can get involved.