Kirtland Cutter and Spokane’s age of elegance

National Trust for Historic Preservation Field Session

This tour focuses on the architecture of Kirtland Cutter (1860-1939), Spokane’s premier architect from the late 1880s to the 1920s. It aims to place Cutter in the context of American architecture and explain his role in the Northwest as well as his uniqueness.

National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference Field Session: Led by Henry C. Matthews and Linda Yeomans on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from noon to 4 p.m. This tour will include a short PowerPoint lecture showing some of Cutter’s significant buildings that cannot be seen in Spokane. These range from the magnificent rustic Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park to award-winning houses of the 1930s at Palos Verdes in California. The guided tour will begin on the South Hill with lunch at the Glover Mansion, followed by visits to the nearby Marycliff district and Browne’s Addition. In addition to discussing the architecture of the houses, the leaders will talk about the variety of strategies that have been employed to keep Cutter’s legacy alive.

Henry Matthews, Professor Emeritus at Washington State University is the author of “Kirtland Cutter: Architect in the Land of Promise.” Linda Yeomans is a professional planner, Historian and preservation consultant. She is principal of Historic Preservation Planning and Design, Spokane.

Information: Henry Matthews, Linda Yeomans

This tour is good for:

  • Walking
  • Driving

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