Historic Properties of Spokane
The Doran House is an excellent example of the Arts & Crafts tradition interpreted in the Craftsman style. The home was erected by Spokane builder Henry R. Lydell, who constructed at least seven homes in the Rockwood neighborhood as well as other homes throughout Spokane. The home’s design, materials, and craftsmanship are typical of the early twentieth-century Craftsman style and are evident in the covered front porch, widely overhanging roof eaves, scroll-sawn brackets, wood shingle wall cladding, cut stone foundation, thick brick porch wall, and large square brick porch piers. The house was built for Genevieve Paterson Doran and her husband, John Doran, a noted civic leader, city benefactor, and successful businessman who owned and operated the John Doran Company. The Doran House is well preserved, retaining good architectural integrity as well as historical significance for its association with the Doran family.
The Doran House is a contributing property in the Rockwood Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places 4/14/1997.