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Then and Now: The Bennett Block

Oregon-born Bascomb H. Bennett originally owned a hotel on the site at Howard and Main, but it was burned in the great fire of 1889. Today, the Bennett Block is …


Sue Lani Madsen: We don’t need affirmative action choking paths to success

What is sometimes a useful tool for jumpstarting change can quickly begin to undermine the very people it presumes to help.


‘There’s all these added layers of amazing’: Newly renovated U.S. Pavilion gets its debut

Spokane Parks and Recreation feels like it has scored big with the newly renovated U.S. Pavilion, which declutters the iconic Riverfront Park centerpiece and emphasizes the structure’s open netting that …


Panes-taking process: Long-neglected Otis Hotel’s windows restored

Installed in 1911, the grid-patterned, pink-hued glass in the Otis Hotel was uncovered by workers on the building’s restoration project under eight layers of facade. Now Alex Brannin is giving …


Then and Now: Granite and Paulsen buildings

A tale of two neighbors: The Granite Block was the result of a massive rebuild after the Great Fire of 1889; the Paulsen Building had roots in the sudden wealth …


Then and Now: The Lang Building

The Lang Building was erected on Washington Street in 1891. Most of the downtown buildings in that era were built for ground floor retail space, with a hotel or residence …


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019

Then and Now: The Crest Hotel

The Crest Hotel was built in 1910 and boasted eight floors facing the river. Now the site of a high-rise condominium tower called Riverfalls Tower Apartments, the site was the …


Then and Now: Cohn Bros. Furniture

The name Cohn has been associated with the furniture business for more than 130 years. The extensive Russian Jewish clan, along with several other families, arrived in Oregon in the …


Some regret loss, others see trend as midcentury homes give way to new construction

The demolition of the Blair House was not the first time a notable home fronting the Manito golf course was destroyed to make way for a new home, and many …


Then and Now: Riverside Theater

The Casino Theater, on the 800 block of Riverside Avenue, opened in 1909.


Architectural gem on Manito golf course demolished to make room for new home

A 1950s home designed by one of Spokane’s premier midcentury architects for one of the city’s most prominent businessmen has been demolished.


Then and Now: 1972 International House of Pancakes

Thing were changing quickly in the early 1970s in Spokane. Civic leaders were planning for Expo ’74, and businesses were changing the look of downtown Spokane. On the corner of …


At groundbreaking, officials say Catalyst Building will be smartest ever built

The official groundbreaking ceremony for Avista’s five story, 150,000-square-foot “Catalyst” building took place Wednesday morning, with declarations that the project will be the “envy of the nation” and the “smartest …


Then and Now: Spokane’s Tallest Buildings

Since James Glover rode up to the Spokane Falls in 1873 and made a deal to buy out the two squatters on the land around the falls, there has been …


Then and Now: Washington Water Power building

In the bustling post-war era, Spokane produced a cadre of elite young architects who challenged and pushed each other with every project. That competition produced many notable features in the …


Then and Now: Temple Court building

Brothers Albert P. and William M. Wolverton, ages 25 and 31, arrived in the frontier town of Spokane Falls in 1880 and paid $350 for a lot on the northeast …


Then and Now: American Legion Building

Businessman F. Lewis Clark was born in 1861 in Bangor, Maine. He was educated at Harvard and moved to Spokane in 1884. Over the next 30 years, he made a …


Frank Lloyd Wright preservation group seeks building rescue

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is making an 11th-hour effort to save one of the last buildings designed by the famous architect.


Seeing the world in plastic bricks

Seattle resident Alice Finch sees the world’s architecture in Lego.


Shawn Vestal: Councilwoman looking to protect historic buildings, neighborhoods

A gleaming new apartment building sits at Third Avenue and Coeur d’Alene Street. In brick and blue siding, it fills the lot at the western edge of Browne’s Addition, overlooking …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017

Survey reveals hidden gems among Spokane’s midcentury modern architecture

In a way, the Grand Coulee Dam is responsible for Spokane’s inventory of midcentury modern architecture.


It’s a homeless shelter that folds like an accordion: These WSU students think it’s perfect for Spokane

A team of architecture students at Washington State University has designed and built a portable homeless shelter that can be folded like an accordion into a variety of shapes and …


Then and Now: Patsy Clark Mansion

Patsy Clark’s mansion is one of the most recognizable homes in Spokane. It ranks high among the palatial homes built by Spokane’s early millionaires.


100 years ago in Spokane: Kirtland Cutter, who helped transform the ‘architecturally savage camp’ that was Spokane, says he has great hopes for the city

Achitect Kirtland Cutter talked about his early days as an artist, illustrator and sculptor in a newspaper profile.


UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017

Guest columnist Rebecca Nappi: Memories of a Spokane childhood shine, like light in stained glass

The footworn haunts of our youth become more precious as the years rush by. For those entering the adolescence of old age, it is a gift that Spokane preserves so …


AIA Spokane chapter announces architectural design winners

Design work by Spokane architects is recognized in annual AIA awards


Manito Park could get national historic recognition

Manito Park has been recommended for National Historic Register


Grandfather’s homes still standing proud

Sisters Connie Manz, of Pasadena, California, and Catherine Manz Smith, of Veneta, Oregon, knew their grandfather had once lived in Spokane. They knew he’d married their grandmother here in 1909. …


Ferris House owners asking nearly $1 million

Eighteen months ago, real estate agent Joe Dinnison found the proverbial needle in a haystack – someone willing to pay $815,000 for a three-bedroom Spokane residence with no garage. Now …


Seattle Architecture Foundation constructs 2013 tour

SEATTLE – When Dr. Beverly Beeton moved to Seattle from Alaska several years ago, she started looking for ways to learn more about her new hometown. Beeton’s search led her …