The 1889 Building/Bodie Block is a three-story brick building and the oldest remaining from the post Great Spokane Fire era.
Bodie Block was initially a modern design with references to Romanesque Revival. The building's three symmetrical bays that are dominated by a centered arched window is a great example of this popular design. Above the second floor, "1889" is carved into a sandstone panel. In 1974, due to the popular inscription on the structure, the Bodie Block was renamed the 1889 building.
The building was a Single Room Occupancy (SRO) that housed workers in the railroad, lumber, agriculture and mining industries. SRO's offered affordable private rooms that were meagerly furnished. It had commercial space on the ground floor with the residential rooms above.
Today it is solely a commercial building.
posted by N. Schulte, Spokane’s Homegrown Tourist
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