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Back when it was built, the Park Tower Apartments was on Trent, not Spokane Falls

It is a notable event, the sale of the iconic (not always aesthetically pleasing) Park Tower Apartments, across the street from the DoubleTree Hotel and the Convention Center.

Today's story explained the reasons for the sale to California Commercial Investments  by the previous owner, The Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund.

This archive photo shot in April 1974 shows the building during construction.

At that time, there was no Riverside Spokane Falls Blvd. in that section of town (which went through major upgrades due to Expo 74). The address at that time was on Trent Avenue.

Notably, Don Barbieri at the time was taking on several development projects. Right around the time of the fair he also put together a syndicate of investors, some from Bellevue, who worked on building the Sheraton Hotel, one of downtown's first modern hotels. That hotel later became the DoubleTree.

Photo credit:  Spokesman-Review photo archive



Getting wet is part of the job, and Red Lion exec was ready with a re-do

Hats off to Red Lion Hotel's Patrick Shimon, area GM at Spokane's  Red Lion Hotel at the Park. On May 24 he agreed to go down the downtown hotel's redesigned pool slide, for photographers.

His stunt was meant to echo the same event when Don Barbieri rode the original slide in 1983. In a suit. In business shoes.

Unlike Barbieri, Shimon had to hit the pool twice Thursday morning.  A news crew from a Spokane TV station didn't show up on time. They asked Shimon to do it a second time. He did it, graciously.  And probably because his job description includes dealing with pesky media types.

The SR's Dan Pelle was there on time and ready with his Canon for the original slide. This is that moment. His photo appeared on page A5 of the May 25 editions of The Spokesman-Review.

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