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US ‘honor roll’ of historic places often ignores slavery

Antebellum Southern plantations were built on the backs of enslaved people, and many of those plantations hold places of honor on the National Register of Historic Places – but don’t look for many mentions of slavery in the government’s official record of places with historic significance.

Proposed Lochsa designation draws fire

In spite of assurances that listing the Lochsa River corridor in the National Register of Historic Places would not negatively affect the public, a large, vocal group of people at a meeting here Wednesday night wasn’t buying it.

City wants to add Manito, other parks to historic register

Spokane parks have a special place in the history of the city, and local preservation leaders want that place recognized and documented on the National Register of Historic Places. The city parks department and the Spokane Historic Landmarks Commission plan to nominate Manito Park and Manito Boulevard for listing on the national register.

Three Spokane homes listed on National Register of Historic Places

Three Spokane homes have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places after being accepted to the Washington Heritage Register in October. They are the Kiesow-Gentsch House, 618 W. 23rd Ave.; the Seligman House, 2203 S. Manito Blvd.; and the Canfield House at 1301 N. Sherwood St.

Five homes offered for historic register

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.

Spokane’s Masonic Center sells for $1.1 million

An Australian businessman who moved to Spokane five years ago has paid $1.1 million to take over ownership of the stately Masonic Center, one of the city’s largest and oldest meeting places. The buyer is Greg Newell, 50, who’s president of equipment manufacturing firm Power Handling Inc. This week Newell and some family partners bought the 108-year old Masonic Center at 1108 W. Riverside Ave. The 110,000-square-foot building has been for sale since October 2012.

Ridpath Hotel up for National Register of Historic Places

The road to restoration of the Ridpath Hotel in downtown Spokane reaches an important milestone today as the hotel goes up for recommendation to the National Register of Historic Places. At stake are millions of dollars in tax credits that would allow Ron Wells and partners to turn the 13-story landmark into downtown housing.

Landmarks: Turnbull refuge established in ’37

Within the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge six miles south of Cheney are three natural structures that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places – the two Upper Kepple Rock Shelters and the single Turnbull Pines Rock Shelter. Their significance, and hence their listing on the register, has to do with their potential as sources of information about the region’s history. The Upper Kepple sites are just west of Upper Kepple Lake in the northeast corner of the refuge.

Fire destroys 1880s home in Medical Lake’s heart

Firefighters tried but failed to save a historic Medical Lake house from destruction in a raging fire Saturday afternoon. Neighbors reported the fire on the 200 block of East Lake Street around 2:30 p.m., but by the time help arrived, flames had already engulfed the second story.

Tribes aiming to stop mine under Cabinets

PABLO, Mont. – Members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are trying to prevent an underground copper and silver mine beneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwestern Montana by getting a sacred peak designated in the National Register of Historic Places. Francis Auld, Kootenai Tribe cultural preservation officer, said members are working to get 7,018-foot Chicago Peak recognized under the National Historic Preservation Act as a traditional cultural property.

Landmarks: Neglected gristmill near Cheney succumbs to age

There was a time when the old Dybdall gristmill was known throughout the region for producing the finest baking flour available. But that was a long time ago, and today the mill, though on the National Register of Historic Places, is a declining reflection of what it once was. It is pretty much falling apart. “I wish we could go back 30 years and put it back the way it was,” said Mary Kaplan, daughter of the mill’s owner, Margaret Kaplan. Back then a millwright in Portland had offered to dismantle the vacant gristmill and put it back together again in a new location.

Old fire dispatch center not eligible for historic list

Spokane’s former fire dispatch center likely will meet the same fate as its next-door neighbor – the YMCA in Riverfront Park. The Spokane City-County Historic Landmarks Commission decided Wednesday that the building is not eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, clearing the way for the city to demolish it.

Rogers High School makes National Register of Historic Places

John R. Rogers High School has won a place on the National Register of Historic Places. The 1932 art deco building achieved national register status recently after the Spokane City-County Landmarks Commission approved a nomination last September.

Century-old building getting efficiency upgrades, more

What will eventually be a $10 million-plus renovation of the 103-year-old Great Northern Building at 802 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. has begun, with crews laying down a new roof and installing windows and doors. Kim Pearman-Gilman, business development director for McKinstry, said the work will get the 52,000-square-foot building buttoned up so a yearlong interior remodeling can get under way once the designs are complete.