Historic Properties of Spokane
Trade Winds Motel
The Trade Winds Motel is located at 907 W. 3rd Avenue, in central Spokane directly north of the I-90 freeway. It is situated on the southwest corner where W. 3rd intersects S. Lincoln Street. The plan of the 4-story building is a graceful curve, with rows of rooms with balconies which face an inner court. It was designed in 1962 by Donald E. Neraas, a prolific local architect who was noted for his many Mid-Century Modern designs for buildings throughout the Pacific Northwest. The building displays characteristics of the International Style, with its horizontal bands of compartmentalized units. It is significant for its association with the flourishing of Mid-Century Modern architecture experienced in Spokane in the 1950s and 1960s.