Spokane’s enduring legacy: the 1889 Building whispers of the past

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Spokane’s crown for “oldest building” goes not to a grand mansion but to a testament to its frontier past – the 1889 Building. Built shortly after a devastating fire swept through the city, this single-room occupancy structure housed workers in various industries like railroads, lumber, agriculture, and mining. The 1889 Building stands in stark contrast to the more elaborate architecture that followed the fire.

Its well-preserved structure offers a glimpse into the lives of early Spokane residents and the modest accommodations they called home. Today, the 1889 Building finds new life as a historic landmark, reminding visitors of Spokane’s enduring spirit.

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