AKA: Ziegler Block, Downtown, Spokane, WA; Fidelity Mutual Savings Bank, Headquarters Building, Spokane, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings; built works - commercial buildings - stores

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1889-1890, demolished 1952

5 stories

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522 West Riverside Avenue
Downtown, Spokane, WA 99201

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The Great Spokane Fire of 08/04/1889 destroyed most of Downtown Spokane, including the hardware store belonging to German immigrant Louis Ziegler. Ambitious, Ziegler chose to rebuild even taller, erecting a five-story office tower that was one of the first completed in 1890. It stood on Riverside Avenue until about 1952.

Building History

The Fidelity Mutual Savings Bank operated in the Ziegler Building during the early 1950s. It elected to tear the building down to build a new facility in late 1951, with demolition occurring the following year.

Building Notes

The Elaterite Roofing Company operated a Spokane branch office in the Ziegler Building in 1904. At the time, the Elaterite Roofing Company was headquartered at 713 Market Street in San Francisco, with other branches in Los Angeles (in the Byrne Building), Seattle (Arcade Building), and Portland (Worcester Building.) (See Elaterite Roofing ad, Pacific Rural Press, 01/09/1904, p. 27.)


Tenants were asked to leave by 04/01/1952, and demolition commenced sometime shortly after this in 1952.

PCAD id: 23661