Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - banks (buildings)

Designers: Bank Building and Equipment Corporation of America (firm)

Dates: constructed 1953-1954

2 stories

502 West Riverside Avenue
Riverside, Spokane, WA 99201

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Building History

A nomination form for the Spokane Register of Historic Places prepared by Jim Kolva of Kolva Associates stated of the bank building: “First National Bank Building is eligible under Category A as one of downtown Spokane’s prominent mid-century modern buildings, the evolution of bank architecture in the United States, the post-WWII construction in the downtown, and urban planning with the construction of the skywalk system. Constructed in 1954, the building is among the first Modernist buildings constructed in downtown Spokane, and retains the integrity of its original design. The FNB is one of two buildings on the block designed by the Bank Building and Equipment Corp. of St. Louis. Fidelity Savings and Loan, completed a year earlier, in 1953, is at the west end of the block on the corner of Riverside Avenue and Stevens Street (these are the only two bank buildings in Spokane built by the firm). The building is eligible under Category C, because it represents a distinctive work in style and design.” (See Jim Kolva, Historic, "Spokane Register of Historic Places Nomination Form for the First National Bank of Spokane," published 12/29/2013, accessed 10/28/2020.)

Building Notes

The 1st National Bank Building #4 had a 142-foot frontage on North Stevens Street and a 60-foot length on West Riverside Avenue.


In the 1970s, a skybridge was erected across Stevens Street linking the 1st National Bank Building to the National Bank Building.

Spokane County Historic Landmark (Listed 2015-01-21): ID n/a

Spokane County Assessor Number: 351842413

PCAD id: 23672