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Back when it was built, the Park Tower Apartments was on Trent, not Spokane Falls

It is a notable event, the sale of the iconic (not always aesthetically pleasing) Park Tower Apartments, across the street from the DoubleTree Hotel and the Convention Center.

Today's story explained the reasons for the sale to California Commercial Investments  by the previous owner, The Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund.

This archive photo shot in April 1974 shows the building during construction.

At that time, there was no Riverside Spokane Falls Blvd. in that section of town (which went through major upgrades due to Expo 74). The address at that time was on Trent Avenue.

Notably, Don Barbieri at the time was taking on several development projects. Right around the time of the fair he also put together a syndicate of investors, some from Bellevue, who worked on building the Sheraton Hotel, one of downtown's first modern hotels. That hotel later became the DoubleTree.

Photo credit:  Spokesman-Review photo archive



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