This is the story of a long-lost building, the Marble Bank Building (1893), in Spokane, Washington. Its history is well-documented here, it was a building of small size but amazing opulence. The bank that constructed it failed mere weeks before it was to move into the building, the Old National Bank ultimately bought the building … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the Marble Bank Building.
Tag: Mid-Century Modern
It's always fascinating to look at old photographs of cities, and a nice recent development has been Google Street View which has made it easy to see what these locations look like today. I recently found a bunch of nice pictures of downtown Spokane in the 1950s and found what they look like in modern … Continue reading Downtown Spokane, Then and Now.
Unfortunate news. I liked that downtown Spokane had an old-fashioned '50s-style department store still operating when most similar stores closed their doors decades ago. One of the things I love about Spokane is that old-timey stuff like this sticks around for so long. At least it seems that the old building will stick around, albeit … Continue reading RIP Downtown Spokane Macy’s (1914-2016)
Dick's Hamburgers in Spokane opened in 1965 and remains largely unchanged 50 years later. Going there is like stepping back in time. There is also something about the combination of sunsets and old neon signs that I find stunningly beautiful.
Hacienda Lodge, Clarkston, WA. This sign isn't neon, but it still has that cool '50s-'60s look.
Sunset Motel in Clarkston, WA, a '50s era sign still kept in very good shape.
The long-closed Tip-Top Drive-In in Lewiston, ID. I've found little information on this less-lucky contemporary of nearby Clarkston's 410 Drive-In. I don't know when it opened or when it closed; it has been shuttered for as long as I can remember. This photo was taken in 2007, the rooftop sign has subsequently fallen over; it … Continue reading Tip-Top Drive-In, Lewiston, Idaho.