Tag: Pacific Northwest

The Rise and Fall of the Marble Bank Building.

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.


Downtown Spokane, Then and Now.

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.

LIFE magazine, January 27, 1961.

About a year ago I received a somewhat battered copy of the January 27, 1961 issue of LIFE magazine. The main subject of the magazine was the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Because today is Kennedy‚Äôs 100th birthday, I decided to post a few highlights from this neat antique. In the words of Marilyn … Continue reading LIFE magazine, January 27, 1961.

RIP Downtown Spokane Macy’s (1914-2016)

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)