A house near Browne Mountain is the latest addition to Spokane County’s list of historic landmarks.
The house, at 5705 S. Custer, was built in 1908 for Guy Browne. It “stands as a reminder of the enormous impact and great influence the Browne family had on the growth and development of early Spokane,” the City-County Historic Landmarks Commission wrote in a memo to county commissioners.
Guy Browne was the son of pioneer J.J. Browne, an attorney and developer, who reportedly was the first millionaire in the state. J.J. Browne helped draft the state constitution and was a member of the Spokane school board for 15 years.
J.J. Browne built his home in what now is known as Browne’s Addition. He later bought 2,000 acres near the South Hill mountain that bears his name.
Guy Browne took over the family’s real estate business in 1911.
Of the several homes the family built in the shadow of the mountain, only the Guy Browne house remains, said Teresa Brum, historic preservation director. It has not been changed significantly over the years, she said.
Brum called it “one of the earliest and finest examples” of American foursquare architecture in the county.
The house is owned by Brian and Kathleen Chapman. Landmark status means the house may qualify for tax reductions.