Historic Properties of Spokane
Developed in two main stages, the first from 1888 to 1891 and the second from 1911 to 1913, the Moore-Turner Garden is a local example of the landscape style that accompanied the Arts and Crafts Movement in America. George Turner and his wife Bertha purchased this residential garden, first laid out by F. Rockwood Moore, in 1896. During their ownership, the Moore-Turner Garden achieved its fullest development when the Turners commissioned Portland, Oregon landscape architect, Hugh Bryan, to supervise extensive additions. Incorporated into the South Hill’s unique geology, the property covers over five acres and offers some of the finest views of the city and was the site of the city’s early mansions. No other hillside landscape in Spokane retains the traces of its past to the same extent. While the South Hill’s other hillside gardens have been compromised or have disappeared altogether, the remnants of the Moore-Turner Garden are identifiable. Currently owned by the Spokane Parks Department, the improvements to the infrastructure of the garden was completed in 2006 and included removing brush and debris, stabilizing the basalt walls, staircases and foundations, recovering the carriage road and installing the perimeter wrought iron fence with basalt columns.
The Moore-Turner Garden is a contributing property in the Marycliff-Cliff Park Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It is also listed individually on the Washington Heritage Register.