Created By: The Sandpoint Group
William August Bernd, born in Bernburg, Germany, arrived in Sandpoint in 1903. W.A. Bernd, 23 and unmarried, opened a dry goods store before commissioning the substantial two-story brick Bernd building in 1907. The second floor was a fourteen-bed hotel, while the ground floor housed a dry goods store and grocery store. Circa 1913, Bernd married Sarah L. Hughes and they lived in the hotel. The building has a unique upper façade, decorated by eight evenly spaced round arched windows and accented by a raised band of repetitive arches. The building was placed on the NRHP in 1983.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Sandpoint ...a walk through history.