The second and last installment of my series on
houses, apartments, and various buildings in my
neighborhood of Browne's Addition. For the first
installment, see here.
I guess I should have put this photo right at the
beginning of the series, but I spaced out. This is
the sign designating the beginning of Browne's,
located at the northeast corner. Contiguous with
the east side of Browne's is downtown Spokane.
I don't know what the story is with this house.
The only thing I can say is that it comprises
two separate residences, one on the right and
one on the left (i.e. a "double"). It certainly
stands out, I'll say that.
This is the Museum of Arts and Culture complex. The
museum is the building on the right and on the left
is the Archive and a small lecture hall. I once attended
a lecture there featuring a visiting archaeologist who
had discovered the tomb of Phillip II of Macedon.
The reason I include this is that when they built
this new museum they had to tear down the apartment
building were I was living at that time, the Hemlock.
I loved the Hemlock, and I really hated having to
move out of there. They gave the residents one year
to move out, actually very generous. Let's just say
it took me almost the entire year.
Around the area of the Museum we come to what is
the most historically documented part of Browne's.
This Queen Anne style house is the Argyle-Soss House,
built in 1899. It would be my pick for the most
beautiful house in the Addition.
This is the Campbell House, dating from 1898. I
think it is technically owned by the Museum. No
one lives there, I think it is rented out for
weddings, cocktail parties, business meetings,
etc. It has a very nice fountain in back, and
I have spent a good deal of time lingering there.
This stucco Mission style home is the Wakefield
House. Unfortunately I don't have a date on this
one. What always gets me about the Wakefield house
is its garage ("carriage house" in the old parlance),
which is big enough to make a pretty nice residence
all in itself.
I don't know anything about this house or when it
was built. But I guess every neighborhood needs at
least one grand old white Greek Revival house to
remind us of the "good old days" (and when were
Another house that I don't know much about, the Weil
House. Very nice, with almost and Arts and Crafts style
look to it. I think it might be converted to apartments
now. In any case, I think I would lose those window
canopies — they might be functional but they are not
in the style of the house. Better to put some of those
new synthetic window screens on the inside of the
A few streets south on Pacific you have this building,
the Westgate Condominiums. I really like this building.
Just a few steps from the Westgate are the Watson
Apartments. I once took a look at the interior of
one of them, and they are very beautiful. Even back
then though they were way out of my price range, and
I'm sure that today they are even more so.
Here are the Westminster Apartments, probably the
largest apartment building in Browne's Addition.
I looked at a few apartments there when I had to
move out of the Hemlock. The very top floor has
some small studios that I really liked — I've
always been sort of attracted to these garret
type spaces. Hmmm. I wonder why.
This is another of my favorite apartment buildings
in the neighborhood, the Park Wood Apartments. Like
the Coronet this reminds me of the 50s and Frank
Sinatra, although I really don't know when it was
built. A classy place.
And lastly there is the Elm, my own home for the
past 12 years. There has been so much water that
has flowed under the bridge during that time. But
the Elm has been the baseline of my life through