2019 Downtown Architectural Scavenger Hunt

Map of the area where all clues can be found – shaded yellow area covers all buildings (click for a larger map):

Thank you for participating in our 2019 Architectural Scavenger Hunt!

Check out the answers:

Interactive Map

Answer Sheet


The rules are simple!  Scroll down to the form and enter your name, email and select what prize you’re interested in.  Once you’ve figured out which downtown building each clue belongs to, enter the building’s address (or historic name if you know it) in the box below the picture and you’re ready to submit your entry.  The form will disappear after it’s been submitted successfully.  And that’s it!

Click on the “2019 Architectural Scavenger Hunt” to download our scavenger hunt handout which you can print and carry with you.

This year’s hunt takes place in downtown Spokane. Locate the ten architectural clues scattered throughout the mapped area in the downtown core, then enter to win one of our historic experience prizes.

There are also three bonus clues for properties located within Spokane County.  These clues are extra challenging and are for hardcore history buffs and architecture lovers!

You have until May 31st to complete the hunt!  One entry per person, please, but each prize is good for you and a guest!  Happy Hunting!


What experience are you interested in?…


Picture5Campbell House: Behind the Velvet Ropes Private Tour –  The Campbell House, designed by distinguished Spokane architects, Kirtland Cutter and Karl Marlmgren, was built in 1898 for Amasa B. Campbell (a mining magnate) and his family. The house has been lovingly restored to the grandeur of times past.  During this tour you’ll learn about the Campbell household and the changes in business, community life and technology that faced Spokane in 1910.  The tour also includes special behind-the-velvet-rope marvels!  To learn more about the Campbell House click here!



Two Tickets to Spokane Preservation Advocate’s Historic Home Tour – SPA’s Historic Home Tour, held in the fall, is a popular annual treat!  Join SPA for a walking tour of historic homes in a beautiful Spokane neighborhood.  You’ll visit a selection of historic residences with stunning architectural details and interior designs. Stroll through colorful, landscaped grounds and discover the histories of people who lived in each house.  This is a great opportunity to see homes and gardens that have never before been open to the public!  To learn more about the tour click here!




A Private Tour of the Spokane County Courthouse – Built in 1894 and one of the finest examples of French Renaissance architecture in the West, the County Courthouse dominates the Spokane skyline.  Architect Willis Ritchie’s design was chosen through a design competition in 1893 and the Courthouse has been the seat of Spokane County government since 1895.  But don’t let us tell you about it!  You’ll learn all about the building on your private tour which includes a trip to the top of tower! That means tackling a lot of stairs so be prepared!



A Private Tour of the Carr Electric (Fisher) Building at 911-917 W. 1st –  This is an extremely rare opportunity to step back in time and see what the old Single Room Occupancy Hotels that dotted all of downtown Spokane until the 1950s/60s really looked like. These two buildings, linked together internally, look as though the last residents simply packed up and left in the 1960s. There aren’t many of these “untouched” examples of properties ripe for rehabilitation left in downtown Spokane and we are very grateful to the Barnett Family for allowing us to invite you in!







Remember – enter the property address below each clue! Happy Hunting!

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