Spokane isn't a very old city really, either by American
or European standards. In fact compared to Europe most of
our history here would comprise the neolithic. Nevertheless
we do have some interesting buildings in the city, some older
and some newer, and some of which are right here in my own
neighborhood of Browne's Addition.
Since my operation last March I have been taking daily walks
to try to build up my muscles after years of deterioration
by some of the medication I am on. So a few days ago I
decided to start taking my camera with me and take some
photos of various houses and apartment buildings etc. in
I'll be doing this as a series, just to shorten post
length up a bit. And to shorten my walks up a bit. :p
This is perhaps Browne's Addition's most famous house,
the Clark Mansion. Located two blocks from me down 2nd
Avenue across from Coeur d'Alene park (the city's oldest
park) it was built around 1897. When I first moved here
it was an upscale restaurant. Then it closed down for a
while. Then it reopened as another restaurant. Now it
houses some law offices and does special events.
It is said that it is haunted, possibly by the ghost
of Mary Clark, the original owner's wife. Some of her
personal effect are still stored in the basement.
While the Clark's were having their mansion built, they
had this house erected across the street to live in as
a temporary residence.
Those poor bastards — forced to live in such squalor.
From the time I first moved into Browne's up until a
couple of years ago it was a Bed & Breakfast. They
had dozens of rose bushes up against the fence, and
every Spring and Summer you could count on seeing
many beautiful roses. But the B&B is gone, and for some
reason the rose bushes also. What a shame.
Here are the Coronet Apartments, on Pacific Avenue
and a block north of the Clark Mansion. I always
have loved this little apartment building — I don't
know when it was built but it always reminded me of
Frank Sinatra and that era.
Velma's apartment building in my story "Remember Me"
is in part based on The Coronet.
This house on Pacific is not a really attractive house,
but I suppose they made it their own — and definitely
made it stand out — with the addition of a pink paint
job. Maybe they just really like the old John Mellencamp
The house is one of many in Browne's that have been
converted into small apartments.
The Avenida, one of the neighborhood's nicest old
apartment buildings. There are a good number of
these, including my own, and all seemingly the
product of a building boom in Browne's around
1905 or so.
One of many very nice houses on Pacific. I would
guess that the chimney has been rebuilt at some time
or other — it doesn't look period.
A rare newer structure, located on Cannon at
Pacific. There used to be an old white house there,
which was the home of a very nice old barber who
worked out of a portion of it. He'd talk your ears
off and give you a $5.00 haircut — can't beat that.
Then he died and the house just sat there for a couple
of years. Then they tore down the house and the lot
just sat there for a couple years. Finally, they started
building what you see in the above photo. The right,
finished side is a bicycle shop, with I think a condo
above it. The new addition will I think be another
condo. As you can see, they are still working on it.
I wish they would get everything done once and for all
— or at least for the next century. This is, after
all, Browne's Addition.
I have always called this old house the Stone House,
due to the almost Hadrian's Wall type stones of the
surrounding walls. I don't know what the story is
with this one. It seems to be perpetually in a
state of decay — and yet not quite. It is also
At the Eastern most edge of Browne's Addition is
our local fire house, Spokane Fire Department No. 4.
This was built in the main with monies that seemed
to flow like water out of Washington following 9/11
to beef up national security. So they decided here
to build this new station house. Unfortunately having
the money to build it does not mean having the money
to maintain it. And so the very next year after it
was opened the City was forced to close down another
fire house in another part of the city for budgetary
reasons. That's the Spokane City Council for you.
Well in any case, it's a nice looking fire station.
The Firemen there have responded to so many 911
calls for me and my mom over the years that they
smile and wave at us when they run into us at
the grocery store. I think they're glad to see
we are still alive. 😆 They are a really great
group of guys (and one woman).
Also at the East end of the neighborhood, on 2nd
Avenue a few blocks from me, is this laundromat.
I include it because it has a stone fountain (here
not flowing). I always thought that the people who
built the thing really did a nice thing in throwing
a fountain into the design when they constructed
the laundromat. After all, nothing says you have
to do that. And it gives a little touch of brightness
to a one-block area that otherwise is rather dismal.
I don't use the laundromat. I use the washer and
dryer in my basement.
Also on the East end on 2nd are the Hispanola
Apartments. This building is like the "sister"
building to my own, as they are run by the
same realty company. Personally, I've never
really cared for the style. But it certainly
And here is Rosauer's Grocery. Considering that it
is across the street from me I have always thought
of it as the world's largest convenience store. It is
Mormon owned, and worked by a great group of people.
It also features Rosauer's Pharmacy, which is where
I get my meds and which is also staffed by great
people who have helped me considerably. As I wrote
on the Christmas card I gave them last year, "It
is great to have great doctors. But it is also great
to have great pharmacists!"
Rosauer's is one of only a handful of places where I
am around people these days.
Well I will add more photos as I continue my walks.
And no doubt add a few lines here and there also —
a building is nothing without the culture which