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The Campbell House Open House

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    Experience Spokane in the Early 1900s

    Learn about the Campbell household and the changes in business, community life, and technology that faced this family, its servants, and its community, circa 1910.

    The journey starts in the Campbell House Activity Center located in the Carriage House (ADA accessible). Here you can move at your own pace to explore themes of transportation and house restoration and a wealth of Museum Collection artifacts and documents.

    The People

    In 1887, a group of Youngstown, Ohio investors sent Amasa B. Campbell (1845-1912) and associate John A. Finch to investigate the tales of Idaho's fabulous Coeur d'Alene Mining District. The partners quickly determined that there were fortunes to be made. They invested $25,000 in the Gem mine, built a mill to work the ores, and soon were earning thousands of dollars a month. His fortune assured Campbell returned to Ohio to marry schoolteacher Grace Fox (1859-1924), and they moved to Wallace, Idaho, a raucous mining town that was a far cry from the sedate life of Youngstown.

    The House

    Both the Campbells and the Finches hired renowned Spokane architect Kirtland K. Cutter to design their new homes near each other in Browne’s Addition. Finch, the conservative financier, chose a Neoclassical Revival style. Campbell, the bold mining venturer, chose a more picturesque English Tudor Revival exterior of stucco, sandstone, brick and heavy timbers. The large main house, with offset service wing, and the adjacent carriage house were carefully designed to suit particular functions.

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