Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - stores

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1880, demolished 1889

2 stories

522 West Riverside Avenue
Downtown, Spokane, WA 99201

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A Bavarian immigrant, Louis Ziegler, erected this wood-frame store building for his hardware business in about 1882. It stood at this site, before it burned in the Great Spokane Fire of 08/04/1889. Ziegler built a five-story, masonry tower on the site, completed in 1890.

Building History

This two-story building housed the Ziegler and Son Hardware Store between 1882 and 1886. EIther during or after the second, two-story Ziegler Hardware Store was being completed, the first, wood-frame Ziegler store was moved from its original site on the north side of Main Street between Howard and Stevens Streets, to sit next door to the new store.

In 1886, Louis ZIegler sold his hardware business to the Rosenhaupt Brothers, although ownership of the building and land was retained. When the Great Spokane Fire of 08/04/1889 occurred, it wiped out the Rosenhaupt inventory and Ziegler's building. Ziegler had money from some source, perhaps insurance, to rebuild a masonry, 5-story building on the site soon thereafter. (See Jonathan Edwards, An Illustrated History of Spokane County State of Washington, [San Francisco: W.H. Lever, 1900] pp. 443-444.) This five-story Ziegler Block became one of the earliest office towers to be rebuilt post-fire in Spokane.


The Ziegler Hardware Stores #1 and #2 were lost in the fire of 08/04/1889.

PCAD id: 23662