Historic Properties of Spokane
The Germond Building is significant as one of a few remaining buildings that rose from the ashes of Spokane’s 1889 fire. The structure is one of ten extant buildings of the 150 built in the year following the 1889 fire that razed the downtown business district. The building also had the distinction of serving as Spokane’s city hall for its first two years while the new city hall was under construction. The Germond Block also represents a distinctive work in the Romanesque Revival style by a prominent architectural firm, the Reid Brothers, . Although the building’s ground floor storefront facade has been altered, as have the upper story windows, the building remains a distinctive element of downtown Spokane’s historic streetscape.