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E.J. Roberts Mansion

The E.J. Roberts mansion is a symbol of the boom and bust of Spokane’s early years. It was built in 1889 for Bernhard Loewenberg, a Prussian immigrant and owner of the Loewenberg Mercantile.


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The historic E.J. Roberts mansion is a symbol of the boom and bust of Spokane’s early years. It was built in 1989 for Bernhard Loewenberg, a Prussian immigrant and owner of the Loewenberg Mercantile. But Loewenberg went broke after his store burned in the great1889 fire and he traded the beautiful Victorian Queen Anne-style house straight across for the more modest home of E.J. Roberts, a young civil engineer who worked with railroad builder D.C. Corbin on railroad and mining projects. E.J. and his wife Mary Tracy took over the mansion and raised five sons and daughter there and kept servants and a gardener on the property. The house stayed in the family until 1959. The house was later used as a rooming house and split into apartments. Since the early 1980s, the Moltke family has owned the home and restored it to its original splendor. It is now a bed and breakfast and available for events.


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