Historic Properties of Spokane
First National Bank of Spokane
Composed of stately black and red granite, the First National Bank of Spokane is one of downtown Spokane's prominent mid-century modern buildings. Built in 1954, the bank also represents a unique point in time with regards to post-WWII construction in Spokane, the evolution of bank architecture in America and the development of the skywalk system in the downtown core. Originally clad in a cream-colored glazed ceramic tile, the bank would receive an even more modern look in 1966 when the promising firm of McClure & Adkison designed the present day granite skin. Although not prominent in size, the sleek black granite and glass box exemplifies the characteristics of the mid-century period with its simple, yet elegant design of panels and glass.