Restoring the historic Fort Ward bakery as a community hall


The Fort Ward Community Hall is a collaborative effort of Friends of Fort Ward and the Fort Ward Youth Advisory Committee, the Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District, Kitsap County (Fort Ward) Sewer District No. 7, and residents of the historic Fort Ward neighborhood on Bainbridge Island, WA.  


Together we are restoring the fort’s historic bakery building for use as a community hall and neighborhood gathering place. (Not as a bakery.)

The project is being funded through a combination of private donations and historical preservation grants, with our pledge drive now under way – download a pledge form today.

Friends of Fort Ward is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. The full amount of your contribution will be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

We also welcome the participation of local business sponsors to underwrite portions of the project. See our updated Donors List here to see who has already contributed to this great community-driven project. We invite you to join them!

Please follow the menu links to read up on the history of the Fort Ward neighborhood and the part it played in our nation’s network of seacoast defenses and wartime codebreaking. We’re proud of our heritage and pleased to share it with you.

Check this site regularly for updates on the Fort Ward Community Hall project.



The historic bakery building, north face. The refurbished entryway will face west, restoring the original facade to welcome visitors.

Brick archways connect the bakery building’s main hall with the kitchen.

The ca. 1910 building features ornate scrollwork in the eaves.

The Fort Ward bakery was the only building in Puget Sound’s coast defense installations designed with a cupola as an architectural feature.

The bakery building's wet and south faces.

The bakery building’s west and south faces. The non-original porches at either end will be removed as part of the restoration process.

Friends of Fort Ward and the Fort Ward Community Hall project thank these organizations for their generous support through partnerships and contributions:


Friends of Fort Ward logo by Alex Sanso,