Historic Properties of Spokane
Built in 1899 for business and civic leader, John W. Binkley, the Montvale Block is historically and architecturally significant as one of the oldest and best-preserved examples of a Single Room Occupancy Hotel. SROs were a type of working class housing popular in the decades around the turn of the twentieth century when Spokane experienced a tremendous building and population boom. Located on the southwest corner of First Avenue and South Monroe, the three-story Montvale Block is the cornerstone of a row of SRO hotels that line First Avenue for two blocks.
The Montvale Block was listed on the National Reister on its own merit in 1998 and as a contributing property in the West Downtown Historic Transportation Corridor in 1999.