Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses - apartment houses

Designers: Anderson, Christ, Building Contractor (firm); Jones, Alfred, Architect (firm); Pehrson, G.A., Architect (firm); Christ Anderson (building contractor); Alfred David Jones (architect); Gustav Albin Pehrson (architect)

Dates: constructed 1906

3 stories

523 South Washington Street
Cliff/Cannon, Spokane, WA 99204

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Building History

Maud Laurena Patchen Kemp, (born 06/27/1870 in Chicago, IL-d. 02/17/1962 in Spokane, WA), the wife of Charles John Kemp, (born 11/07/1857 in Ann Arbor, MI-d. 07/25/1914 in Clatsop County, OR), co-owner of Spokane’s Kemp and Hebert Department Store, commissioned Alfred Jones, ( to design this elegant, three-floor apartment block located in the Cliff/Cannon neighborhood. Jones collaborated with Christ Anderson, a Spokane building contractor, on the Kempis’s construction.


To accommodate the growing number of automobiles owned by affluent Spokane residents, architect Gustav A. Pehrson (1882-1968), renovated the Kempis Apartments in 1920 to include an auto court and garage.

Spokane Register of Historic Places (Listed 2003-07-24): ID n/a

PCAD id: 23646