AKA: Spokane City Hall #3, Downtown, Spokane, WA; Old City Hall, Downtown, Spokane, WA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - city halls

Designers: Zittel, Julius, Architect (firm); Julius Albert Johann Zittel (architect)

Dates: constructed 1912-1913

6 stories

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221 North Wall Street
Spokane, WA 99201

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Building History

Spokane city administrators erected this utilitarian office block as a stop-gap measure; it lacked the elaborate Neo-classical detailing--particularly the dome and portico--of most American city halls of the period. The city tore down the previous Romanesque city hall in haste c. 1912 to make way for railroad expansion, thinking that it would erect a grand Neo-classical pile within five years or so. This did not occur.

Instead, the City of Spokane moved its offices into the former Montgomery Ward Building, Post Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard, in 1982. After 1982, this reinforced concrete, brick-faced building was sold to become stores and offices. An Olive Garden franchise restaurant occupied some first floor space in the late 2000s, other stores on the second, and offices on floors 3-6.

Building Notes

The Old City Hall also had an address of West 711 Spokane Falls Boulevard.

The building resembled other standard office blocks of the 1910 period, having only slight ornamentation, seen most plainly at the parapet, with its acroteria.

National Register of Historic Places (February 21, 1985): 85000350 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 16176