Historic Properties of Spokane
Located on the northeast corner of North Washington Street and West Riverside Avenue in Spokane’s central business district, the Legion Building is a fine example of the commercial Renaissance Revival style. The five-story, steel-reinforced masonry block is clad in Minnesota sandstone, blonde pressed brick veneer, and creme-colored terra cotta embellishment on the west and south-facing primary facades. The building’s southwest face is highlighted with a rusticated sandstone base on the first and second floors, pressed brick veneer on the third, fourth, and fifth floors, fourth-floor balconies supported by sculpted terra cotta brackets, and a center loggia on the fourth and fifth floors. Representing a unique design found among Spokane commercial blocks, the Legion Building has an inset loggia supported by colossal columns with Corinthian capitols. A modillioned parapet cornice completes the building’s distinctive exterior facade embellishment. The exterior of the building is well preserved and retains good integrity of location, design, materials, workmanship, and association as a commercial business block.