It was just before the great depression and funding had been agreed upon for the fire station at 8th and Monroe on Spokane’s Southill to be demolished. A new fire station was to be constructed to house the modern combustion fire engines. Fire Station No. 9 was officially reopened November 25th, 1930. Eighty years later, we are still sliding down the fire pole.
Recently, East London played host to a two week “pop up restaurant” highlighting the best food and design from Helsinki. The Hel Yes! Event was held in a former warehouse in East London.
The guests at this sold out affair indulged in Nordic-style food while absorbing the ambiance that was specifically designed for, well them. From custom colored Artek furniture to limited edition glasses designed by Harri Koskinen, the high design is unmistakable and is the result of a collaboration between British artists and designers.
The temporary haven for Foodies was said to "Spark people's imagination. They could discover a magical spot that was simultaneously truly elegant and utterly laid-back." The next version will be hosted in Helsinki towards the end of the year.
Built in 1928 the City Ramp Garage, located at the corner of First and Stevens, was the first and remains one of the finest examples of art deco architecture in the region. Design Source has been commissioned to develop the design program for its renovation.
The garage’s history is truly remarkable. When built it was Spokane’s first public parking auto hotel and remains an architectural treasure for our city. Among the many other firsts for the building it was the most modern ramp-type parking garage west of the Mississippi and the first effort by building owners to provide parking for clients. From a design perspective it was elegant and dramatic as no expense was spared to enhance the art deco exterior of stucco, terra cotta tile and brick, created by the architectural firm of Whitehouse and Price.
The renovation plans include reinforcing the steel structure, removal of walls and surfacing components added over the years to expose the original materials of the building including art deco tiles, wood moldings and detailed concrete. Period appropriate materials and lighting fixtures will be added during the renovation to create a new valet/waiting area and elevator lobby.
Design Source is currently developing the design concept and the structural work is underway. The anticipated completion date is late 2011.