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Motie House

Motie House
Marguerite Motie House
614 W. 13th Avenue See Map
William J. Ballard, Ballard Plannery
Cliff / Cannon

Built in 1910, the Marguerite Motie (pronounced mo’chee) House, garage and chicken house are fine examples of the Craftsman style.  Facing south along West 13th Avenue, the house reveals typical Craftsman-style details with 1.5 stories, a side gable roof with widely overhanging eaves and a full-width front porch.  Wide bargeboards with keyhole cutouts in the tails, battered porch pillars and hand-polished natural fir interior woodwork further illustrate the Craftsman-style aesthetic.  The property is also significant for its association with Marguerite Motie, the first and longest-reigning “Miss Spokane,” an advertising symbol used in the promotion of Spokane and the Inland Northwest in the early 20th century.  Motie was selected from 138 candidates to act as an ambassador and official city hostess for the city and, as a civic figurehead, she contributed much to Spokane and the surrounding region. 

The Motie House is a contributing property in the Marycliff-Cliff Park Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.


Management Agreement

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