Combing through the Spokesman-Review’s archives has turned up photos of old houses from around Spokane. Here is a then-and-now presentation showing how the homes, the streets and the surrounding landscape has changed. These photos were taken from a video that appeared at Spokesman.com in 2010. - Jesse Tinsley
Here is one of many grand homes along Rockwood Blvd. It was known early on the Dixon home. The home features a spacious living room, den, kitchen and bath on the first floor, four bedrooms including a master bedroom, separate dressing room and two baths upstairs, and a full basement and recreation room.
This charming brick home is nestled in a grove of older pines, which made it difficult to photograph from the same angle as found in the old photo. The home looks out onto Cannon Hill Park. From a story written about the home in 1926: “The home is one of the most up to date in the city, having been built only one and a half years ago. The roof is tile, all the floors are oak, and every room has large French windows of leaded plate glass. The woodwork throughout is ivory. The lighting fixtures are of the latest type, many of them specially designed. the fully electric kitchen is white enameled and has a cheerful breakfast nook.”
This 1905 photo shows two homes on Baldwin Ave, of which only one survived. The older home on the left in the older photo was owned by Winifred “Fred” Wheaton, a printer for the Review Publishing Company.
This home, one of the oldest in Spokane, sits along West Point on a bluff overlooking the Spokane River valley. It was built in 1883 and is known as the Knight House, an American foursquare designed by Kirtland Cutter.
A story about this home from 1943 says it “commands one of the most striking views in Spokane overlooking the bend in the Spokane River where it encircles Fort Wright. Off large living and dining rooms is a terrace extending the full length of the house on the west, afording a sweeping vista of scenery.”