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Five homes offered for historic register

The Kiesow-Gentsch House at 618 W. 23rd Ave., is up for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. (File)
The Kiesow-Gentsch House at 618 W. 23rd Ave., is up for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. (File)

Five historic homes in Spokane, including one farm property outside the city limits, are up for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The nominations will be reviewed Oct. 24 when the Washington State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation convenes at Walla Walla City Hall starting at 9 a.m.

If approved by the state council, the nominations would be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Interior and National Park Service for consideration for national listings.

The properties would also be placed on the state register of historic places.

Here are the properties up for consideration with their historic names:

• The Levesque-Majer House, 1708 S. Maple St., is considered a textbook example of Craftsman-style architecture. Designed and built in 1912 by architect Joseph T. Levesque for himself, the house features a Japanese flair that was a subset within Craftsman design. It went on the Spokane Register of Historic Places in 1997.

• The Palmer-Abbeal-Sprague Farmhouse and Barn, 6616 E. Orchard Road, dates to 1895 and is a fine example of folk Victorian architectural style. The house and barn are undergoing restorations by owners Rod and Karen Sprague. The barn was listed in 2012 on the Washington Heritage Barn Register.

• The Kiesow-Gentsch House, 618 W. 23rd Ave., is another Craftsman-style home built in 1912 and designed by Levesque. It went onto the Spokane register this year. The home is largely in its original state. The interior is filled with exquisite oak woodwork, none of which had been painted over.

• The Seligman House, 2203 S. Manito Blvd., is another Craftsman-style home built in 1907 and designed by renowned early-day architect Kirtland Cutter (Davenport Hotel, Spokane Club) and his partner, Karl Malmgren. The house went on the Spokane register in 2006.

• The Canfield House, 1301 N. Sherwood St., is a 1908 house also built in the Craftsman style. It, too, has Japanese influence with roof lines reminiscent of a pagoda. The house was placed on the Spokane register in 2006. It is part of the planned historic Sherwood Addition in the Summit Boulevard area of northwest Spokane.

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