AKA: Eastern Washington University (EWU), Branch, Downtown Spokane, WA; Pyrotek, Downtown, Spokane, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: INTEGRUS Architecture (firm); Walker McGough Foltz Lyerla, Architects (firm); Mark Dailey (architect); Walter W. Foltz (architect); Willis Martin Lyerla (structural engineer); John Witt McGough (architect); Bruce Morris Walker (architect)

Dates: constructed 1968-1969

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705 West 1st Avenue
Downtown, Spokane, WA 99201

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This austerely elegant banking block was one of Bruce M. Walker's greatest designs, built when Modern Minimalism firmly held sway within American architectural circles.

The Farm Credit Banks operated in the building from its opening in 1969 until 1981, when it was sold to Eastern Washington University (EWU) for its use as a Downtown Spokane Campus. EWU remained in the granite-faced cube until Pyrotek, Incorporated, purchased it in 2012.

Building Notes

As noted by Spokane Spokesman-Review writer, Jesse Tinsley, the Farm Credit Banks Building replaced the Tull and Gibbs Furniture Store and Warehouse that had stood on this site since 1902. It was razed in the late 1960s, probably 1967. (See Jesse Tinsley, Spokane Spokesman-Review.com, "Then and Now: The ‘austere elegance’ of the Farm Credit Banks building," published 08/04/2014, accessed 04/12/2019.)


When Pyrotek moved into the former bank, this company enlisted the successor firm of Walker, McGough, Foltz and Lyerla, Integrus Architecture. Mark Dailey worked as the principal designer on the remodeling of the Farm Credit Banks Building.

PCAD id: 22832