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Photos Then & Now: Corner of Riverside and Wall

Edward Herbert Jamieson, an attorney who settled in Spokane in 1882, founded Spokane Abstract Co. and built a two-story brick building on the southwest corner of Riverside Avenue and Wall Street. The great fire of 1889 reduced the structure to rubble. Jamieson was undaunted, commissioning Herman Preusse, a German architect, to design a replacement. Constructed of bricks, the 1890 Jamieson building featured electric lights, steam heat, elevator service and a sixth-floor dining room – for a total cost of $120,000. Jamieson died in 1909; his investment company managed the building until the 1930s, when it was purchased by Zukor’s, a women’s clothing store. The building was destroyed in a 1980 blaze that also killed a firefighter. The lot remained empty until the construction of the STA Plaza in 1994.

– Jesse Tinsley



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Then and Now: Comstock Park

new  James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.