Big crowd attends as Krain receives historic status

Before a packed house, the King County Landmarks Commission gave The Krain Corner restaurant historical status Thursday night.

More than 100 people crammed into the nooks and crannies of the more than 100-year-old Enumclaw landmark to show their support for The Krain.

“The people at Krain really thank you,” owner Karen Hatch said. “It was a fun meeting. There were a lot of people there who care about the place.”

Lauren McCroskey, committee chair, said the restaurant met the criteria, but the property has also been a social gathering place for the area for decades and was an enclave for immigrants to the Plateau.

“The building was a lot of the glue that kept that place together,” she said.

Although the building has had a number of additions, the integrity of the original portion still maintains historic importance.

More than 250 residents signed Hatch’s petition lobbying for landmark status, while many of the communities longtime residents, including 101-year-old Orie Anderson, turned out for the event.

“She was amazing,” McCroskey said. McCroskey said Anderson’s stories, and those of many of the people in attendance, helped the committee understand the importance of the building to the community.

“It was gratifying to have that kind of turnout,” she said.

Built prior to 1916, the building is the oldest surviving building in the Krain area. It was built by Slovenian immigrant Frank Pogorelc and served as a confectionery in its early years.

The restaurant joins Pete’s Pool Fieldhouse, the town of Selleck Historic District and the Green River Bridge on the King County and City Landmarks List. The Black Diamond Cemetery, Black Diamond’s Miners’ Cabin and Luigi and Aurora Pagani House listed as King County Suburban City Landmarks and the Green Valley Road and Osceola Loop are designated county Heritage Corridors.