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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

Ridpath owners sue chef Jeremy Hansen, wife Kate over abandoned restaurant plans

The owners of the Ridpath are suing restaurateurs Jeremy and Kate Hansen, alleging the couple failed to pay rent and misspent more than $100,000 that should have been used to …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 14, 2019

Work to prepare Ridpath Hotel condos continues

The 12th and 13th floors of the building have long been considered for privately owned condos, but only recently did permits get issued for the 12th floor, which will have …

UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019

Then and Now: Ridpath Motor Inn

A motor inn catering to America’s generation of car travelers opened in 1963 on the site of what used to be the historic Spokane Hotel. The Ridpath Motor Inn had …

Then and Now: Blalock Building

John B. Blalock, born 1856 in Sevier County, Tennessee, was one of Spokane Falls’ early settlers, arriving in 1879, after stops in Oregon and Walla Walla.

Ridpath Club Apartments on track for fall completion

All of the 206 units, and the restaurant on the ground floor, should be completely done and open by September.

Developer Ron Wells uses passion, savvy to preserve Spokane’s heritage

In the past four decades, Ron Wells has saved dozens of buildings from the wrecking ball, and rehabilitated them for every purpose: living, dining, playing and working.

Jeremy Hansen offers sneak peek at Octopus Gin

There are only six seats left for the test dinner Sept. 11.

Coming soon from Jeremy Hansen: Octopus Gin and a classic French brasserie

The octopus-themed gin joint and traditional French eatery are slated to open in the old Ridpath Hotel.

UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017

Shawn Vestal: Hammers ready to swing inside the Ridpath

You might have been forgiven for thinking it would never happen. The storied Ridpath Hotel – a downtown fixture for more than a century – had fallen into such a …

UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017

Ridpath loan of $1.75 million clears first hurdle from Spokane City Council

The city will have to vote a few more times before Ron Wells’ loan to convert the old hotel into mixed housing gets final approval.

Spokane’s urban explorers look for the humanity in abandoned places, but there are risks

Urban explorers have been plumbing the depths of Spokane’s hidden places.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017

City Hall will be asked to approve $1.75 million in funding for Ridpath Hotel rehab

Plans and money are coming together to revitalize the decaying Ridpath Hotel. With the help of a $1.75 million city loan expected this spring, developer Ron Wells is closer to …

Shawn Vestal: Finally, Ridpath renovation may be a reality, part of ‘generational transformation’ of downtown

Downtown Spokane is in the midst of a massive, generational transformation, a series of changes that will redefine it for years to come.

Reopening Ridpath a thorny endeavor

Five years on, nothing much has changed at the deteriorating Ridpath Hotel in downtown Spokane.

City likely to back affordable housing vision for Ridpath Hotel

The Spokane City Council will consider a resolution supporting Ron Wells’ proposal to reopen the Ridpath Hotel as low-income apartments.

Shawn Vestal: Two visions of Ridpath’s future still battling to take control of shuttered hotel

It is only natural that the long, strange trip that has unfolded over the past several years at the Ridpath Hotel would continue to get longer and stranger. Two potential …

100 years ago in Spokane: Earthquake shakes South Hill as saloons prepare for alcohol-free era

From our archives, 100 years ago A sizable earthquake shook the South Hill, especially the Cannon Hill and Rockwood areas.

Window Dressing brings new life to Ridpath skywalk

As part of the Fall Visual Arts Tour, Window Dressing will be unveiling the first five installations intended to spruce up the area around the abandoned Ridpath Hotel.

Shawn Vestal: Arts entrepreneurs’ next project is dressing up downtown

It’s been just three weeks since the second Bazaar, the downtown local arts festival that already feels like a community staple. So naturally, Ginger Ewing, one of the people who …

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Rev. James D. Crooks, 64, of Troy, Idaho, was arrested on murder charges in the death of his wife, Eliza L. Crooks, 64. …

Washington Trust purchases Ridpath Annex to accommodate workforce growth

Washington Trust Bank has purchased the empty Ridpath Annex with plans to convert the building into office space to absorb the bank’s downtown growth. The bank’s purchase brings an end …

Shawn Vestal: Project aims to restore Spokane’s old neon signs

Tobby Hatley wants to bring some color back to the Spokane night. Hatley, a former TV newsman, is leading a project to identify and refurbish some of the grand neon …

HUD loan key to Ridpath redevelopment

After more than three years of watching private developers struggle to save the derelict Ridpath Hotel, Spokane city officials are prepared to arrange limited financing to help convert the building …

Shawn Vestal: Jeffreys fraud case spreads plenty of blame

There is a strange bit of parallel blaming in recent court filings surrounding Spokane fraud king Greg Jeffreys. In attempting to get a judge to lower the millions in restitution …

Jeffreys gets 8-year prison term

A Spokane developer who swindled millions from investors and banks in complex real estate schemes, including one involving the decrepit Ridpath Hotel downtown, was sentenced Monday to eight years in …

Shawn Vestal: Hurdles keep coming in Wells’ bid to resuscitate the Ridpath

Ron Wells is becoming leery of setting deadlines at the Ridpath Hotel. He had hoped that work to turn the decrepit old hotel into a downtown apartment building would be …

Shawn Vestal: Greg Jeffreys never learned how to stop hustling

Greg Jeffreys never quit trying. The man who set a new land-speed record for big-time Spokane grift never quit hustling. If one deal wasn’t working, he cooked up another. If …

Spokane’s Ridpath Hotel on city’s historic register

The Ridpath Hotel and its east wing building have been added to the Spokane Register of Historic Places. The vote by the Spokane City Council will make the troubled and …

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. …

Ridpath Hotel on path to a new beginning

Now you see them. Now you don’t. A judge has ruled that some of the condominium units and restrictions at the Ridpath Hotel were created improperly – and therefore do …