Historic Properties of Spokane
The Lorraine Hotel, a single room occupancy hotel (SRO), was constructed during the city’s most significant period of growth. As the nearest SRO hotel to the Northern Pacific Passenger Depot, the Lorraine provided lodging for working class clientele, perhaps new residents to Spokane, many of whom stepped off the train at that very depot. The Lorriane, known as the Denver Apartments after 1943, operated continuously as a modest SRO funtil1971 when the upper floors were vacated. The building was designed by Loren L. Rand, a prominent architect in the early decades of the twentieth century. Composed of brick terra cotta and molded sheet metal, the building is distinctively detailed and a good example of a well-designed small commercial building.
The Lorraine Hotel is a contributing property in the East Downtown Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.