Then and Now: Jamieson Building
Fire has shaped the history of Spokane.
Edward Herbert Jamieson was a Spokane businessman who survived the massive fire of 1889. He was an attorney who settled in Spokane in 1882. He founded Spokane Abstract Co. and built a two-story brick building on the southwest corner of Riverside and Wall.
The great fire had reduced it to rubble. Jamieson commissioned Herman Preusse, a German architect who had designed the massive Auditorium Theatre, to design his new structure, the Jamieson building. It cost $120,000 in 1890 to build the six-story brick structure that had boasted in ads of modern amenities including electric lights, steam heat, elevator service, and a sixth-floor dining room.
Jamieson died in 1909 and his investment company managed the building until the 1930s, when it was sold to Zukor’s, a women’s clothing store that stayed until 1973. The building was destroyed in a 1980 fire that also killed a firefighter. The lot remained empty until the construction of the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza.