Historic Properties of Spokane
The Bell House and its single-car, 1912 garage are significant as properties that embody identifying features of the American Foursquare and Craftsman traditions. The home was built for Dr. Robert Bell and his wife, Jessie Robertson Bell. Showcased in a July 26, 1908 Spokesman-Review newspaper article that featured a photograph of the house, floor plans of the interior, and a detailed description of the property, the newspaper article touted the home’s design as “an attractive example of the modern American house,” a “distinctive style of architecture” built in the “American type." The Bell House was designed by Spokane architect Alonzo J. Grover and conveys building trends, which incorporated styles and designs along with materials and construction methods that were popular during the early 20th century in Spokane.