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Friday, February 15, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Then and Now

Review Tower

The Review Tower has stood at Riverside and Monroe since 1891. Before that, the First Presbyterian church was finished in 1886.

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Rev. Thomas G. Watson, a Presbyterian missionary from Waukesha, Wisconsin, stepped off a train in Spokane Falls in 1883 to start a new church. Spokane was the dusty frontier town of 1500 souls. After a few years meeting in various downtown buildings, a new First Presbyterian Church was dedicated in December 1886 at the corner of Riverside Ave. and Monroe St. The cost: $3200. But there was a real estate boom and the “cozy” church sold in1889 for $21,000 and the sky-scraping Review Tower was finished in 1891 to house the Review newspaper. A few years later, William Cowles, publisher of the Spokesman newspaper, bought the Review and the sky-scraping tower. The Presbyterian church quickly built a temporary hall at Second Ave. and Jefferson St. in 1890, then built the stately stone church at 4th and Cedar in 1910, where it still serves the congregation today.

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