The Spokane City/County Historic Preservation Office and the Spokane Historic Landmarks Commission are local government programs that share responsibility for the stewardship of historic and architecturally significant properties within the City of Spokane and unincorporated areas of Spokane County.  This website provides information about Spokane’s history, historic properties and districts as well as assistance with these important preservation tools:



2024 Historic Preservation Façade Improvement Grant Applications

Looking for money to help rehabilitate your historic building? We’ve got some! Introduced in 2019, the Spokane Historic Preservation Office is excited to offer the Historic Preservation Façade Improvement Grant for the fifth cycle. Created by a revision to the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance, the Historic Preservation Façade Improvement Grant Program provides selected applicants with matching funds up to $5,000 for the rehabilitation of historic façades. All properties listed on the Spokane Register of Historic Places AND within the City of Spokane are eligible to apply. (This includes contributing properties in the Browne’s Addition Local Historic District and the Cannon Streetcar Suburb Local Historic District.)

Properties that have completed a grant project in the past:

  • Garland Theater (2019)
  • Fotheringham House (2020)
  • Powell House (2020)
  • Turner Mansion (2020)
  • Kehoe Block (2021)
  • Winter House (2022)
  • Hillyard Laundry Building (2023)
  • Taylor House (2023)

Applications for the 2024 grant cycle are due on Monday, April 8. 2024.

Link to the full application packet

Please contact Logan Camporeale with any questions: lcamporeale@spokanecity.org


Swipe the photos below to see what a little facade love can do!


A Local Historic District in Browne’s Addition

In 2015, the Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council began work on nominating Browne’s Addition as a local historic district.

Finally, the ballots were sent out and counted in 2019. The district creation was passed by property owners within the designated boundaries of the district, and City Council passed the overlay for the historic district. For more information, please head over to the project web page.

If you have comments, suggestion, or questions, please email: preservation@spokanecity.org




Increasing Appreciation of Spokane’s Mid-Century Architecture

In the mid 1960s, a two-story apartment building was demolished and replaced with an iconic Spokane fast food restaurant.  Do you know which one it is?

There were 16,000 people in attendance when the doors to Spokane’s first senior apartment community opened in 1952. The building contained two dining rooms, a grocery store, dry cleaners, a beauty shop, and a doctor’s office. Where is this building located?

According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the significant buildings of the Modern Movement are “among the most underappreciated and vulnerable aspects of our nation’s heritage.” We’ll be highlighting some of the structures from that era in Spokane’s history by posting a new property each week throughout 2017, including each structure’s history, architectural information, and photos.

Come and explore Mid-Century Spokane.



Spokane County Native Rock Survey


We are pleased to present the results of a county-wide survey of native rock homes, walls, monuments and more! Funded in part by a Certified Local Government grant, this project includes thirty-six inventoried properties spread across the county from Medical Lake to Spokane Valley. Native stone structures can be found in nearly every neighborhood in Spokane County and the small number of properties included in this project provide both an overview of native stone construction as well as a start for future survey efforts.



Riverfront Park – A Journey Through the Decades!

We couldn’t be happier to share a new project on our website with you! With the passing of the bond for the revitalization of Riverfront Park, lots and lots of work is getting started – that work means digging. When you dig, there is always the chance of uncovering evidence of the past!

The Spokane Parks Department took a proactive approach to archaeology in the park and hired Ashley Morton, an archaeologist from the Fort Walla Walla Museum’s Heritage Research Services to do an in-depth
look at what occurred over time on the ground where Riverfront Park now sits. A fascinating history evolved! Ashley created a 213 page report jam-packed with facts and figures; the whos and the whats; the wheres and the hows of the area’s development.

Now, we know that not too many people are able to sit down with a 213 page report…so the Spokane City/County Historic Preservation Office set about creating a website for you to discover the history and importance of the very heart of Spokane – we hope that you enjoy a “Journey through the Decades” of Riverfront Park! Click the photo to the right to get to the site.



East Central Architectural Survey and Inventory

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Big things are happening in Spokane’s East Central Neighborhood! The Spokane City/County Historic Preservation Office recently completed a large architectural survey and inventory of a portion of the neighborhood, focused along Sprague.  This project was conducted as part of an effort to both contribute to and guide the revitalization efforts occurring in the East Central Neighborhood.  To learn more about the neighborhood and the over 700 documented properties click the picture above!



Centennial Celebrations

From commercial blocks to homes and everything in between, we have over 300 properties listed on the Spokane Register of Historic Places!  The oldest listed building is the 1879 Strong House while the “newest” building is the Foltz House, built in 1958.  That’s almost 80 years of Spokane’s history told through the built environment!  As each of these buildings reaches its 100th year, we want to help celebrate such a milestone by awarding our Centennial Certificate!

Want to check out all of the properties on the Spokane Register that have turned 100?

Click on the image to see them all!




Spokane Preservation Timeline

CaptureHave you ever been curious about how our city and nation have worked to protect historic buildings and resources? We know you have!  Say, just how old is the National Register anyway?  What are some of Spokane’s major preservation accomplishments?  What’s the first property listed on the Spokane Register?  And just when did the Historic Preservation Office come into existence?  Find out these answers and more by perusing our Preservation Timeline!  Click on the picture to get started!




Heritage Barn Website

Want to learn more about those gigantic and gorgeous barns you keep seeing when driving through Spokane County? Do you think your family’s barn deserves recognition?  Check out the new Spokane County Heritage Barn Register website to learn all about our agricultural past and how to list a barn!  Click on the picture below to get started!