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.
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.
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’s 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.
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)
The Spokane Club, built in 1910. One if my personal favorite buildings in downtown Spokane.
Photographed last weekend.
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.