Historic Properties of Spokane
Karl Malmgren, the architect and original owner of the house, was a partner in the noted firm of Cutter and Malmgren between 1894 and 1917. Cutter and Malmgren was one of the most prolific and prestigious partnerships in the Northwest and their designs remain well respected. Their many commissions included the Amasa Campbell House, the Patrick (Patsy) Clark Mansion, the Davenport Hotel and numerous other prominent residences and structures in the Spokane area and elsewhere. As the architect’s private residence, the Malmgren House provides a particularly unique reflection of this firm’s architectural abilities and interests. Completed in 1910, the house was executed on a grand scale and reflects Malmgren’s own adaptation of Craftsman Style principles. The liberal use of wood, basalt rock, tile, chimneypieces, window seats and built-in furnishings was intended to make each room seem complete before any furniture was added. The home retains excellent integrity and is significant both in its association with Cutter and Malmgren and as an interesting example of the Craftsman Style of architecture.
The Malgren House is a contributing property in the Marycliff-Cliff Park Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.