Germond Block

830 West Sprague Avenue, Spokane, Washington

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Germond Block

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"Historically significant, the Germond Block meets National Register Criterion A in the area of -Commerce- as one of the first commercial brick buildings erected during the reconstruction of Spokane, following the devastating Spokane Fire of 1889. The ""Period of Significance"" for the Germond Block begins in 1890 when the building was constructed, and ends in 1963, the year a fire destroyed the original storefronts hence altering the building. Of the more than 150 commercial masonry buildings constructed in the year following the 1889 Fire, only ten remain standing today.vi Although the Germond Block's storefronts and interiors have been modified, the building remains a prominent, distinctive, and important presence in downtown Spokane's historic streetscape and honors the triumphant efforts of the people who rebuilt Spokane after the city's largest and most destructive fire. Architecturally significant, the property meets National Register Criterion C in the area of ""Architecture"" as a fine example of the Romanesque Revival style and the work of master architects, James W. and Merritt J. Reid. Known as the Reid Brothers, the firm was based in San Francisco , California. "

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  • August 12, 2014: Added by Dave King

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