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Orcas Island, Washington, United States
Rosario Resort and Spa is located on beautiful Orcas Island in Washington State's San Juan Islands and welcomes visitors seeking relaxation and the unparalleled beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Centerpiece of Rosario is the historic Moran Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Mansion houses the Moran Museum, The Spa, the Mansion Restaurant and Moran Lounge. To help us keep in touch with our guests, staff, and community, we are offering this blog featuring news and events about Rosario and Orcas Island. Please visit our website at www.rosarioresort.com for more information. If you would like to submit a photo or story idea for posting, please contact General Manager Christopher Peacock at cpeacock@rosarioresort.com.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Roundhouse

Here is another rare photo of the Sanwan at anchor in Cascade Bay on Orcas Island (c. 1917). It's also a great view of the "Roundhouse," a shot that can not be currently duplicated in a "Now and Then" shot because there is a Rosario Resort accommodations building blocking it from this angle.

Here a similar view of the roundhouse today. It was built by Robert Moran in 1914 as a getaway spot for his kids to learn domestic chores on their own. With domestic staff in the main mansion, it was a place for Nellie to learn to cook, wife Melissa to do canning of vegetables and son Malcolm had his own ceramic kiln and lathe.

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