Over the years, Spokane has kept much of its history through its buildings. Over half of Spokane’s downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Spokane has the most designated National Register of Historic Districts in the state with 18 total districts.
One shining example is Riverside Place. President Theodore Roosevelt himself was present to hoist a shovel at its groundbreaking ceremony in 1903. Originally a Masonic Temple, the building's monumental, neoclassical form is curved to embrace the winding Spokane River. Recently, Riverside Place was transformed into a first-class event and wedding venue. With an interior boasting original marble stairways and stately oak woodwork, it is the perfect spot for once-in-a-lifetime special occasions.
Dating back to 1895, the Spokane Flour Mill was one of many built along the falls during the turn of the century. In preparation for the 1974 World's Fair, it was renovated into a shopping center. Now the Spokane Flour Mill contains a variety of small, local businesses sure to delight and enchant shoppers. Best of all, this touchstone to yesteryear has a convenient downtown location.
If you’re interested in exploring Spokane’s unique history and charm by way of our historic architecture, snag our Heritage Walk brochure and head out on a self-guided tour!