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Bear Frame & Axle Garage

Bear Frame & Axle Garage
Bear Frame & Axle Garage
232 W. Sprague Avenue See Map

The Bear Frame & Axle Garage has been a public service automobile garage since its construction in 1930 and is listed as a contributing structure in the National Register East Downtown Spokane Historic Business District. The structure is an excellent example of the industrial garage building type that evolved due to local, state, and national transportation trends that spurred the construction of hundreds of thousands of similar garages across the country. With original Art Deco-style detailing seen notably on the building’s facade in pyramidal parapet corner projections and pilaster chevron motifs, the design of the Bear Frame & Axle Garage is typical of public service garages built during the 1920s, 1930s, and early 1940s in Spokane.

The Bear Frame & Axle Garage is a contributing property in the East Downtown Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on 8/29/2003.


Management Agreement

Nomination (PDF)