Historic Properties of Spokane
Royal Riblet Mansion
Set over 400' up on a basalt outcropping above the Spokane River, the Italianate/Mission style Royal Riblet mansion is a Spokane Valley landmark. The house, state-of-the-arts for its time, was designed by prominent Spokane architect George Keith and built in 1925 for Royal N. Riblet, an in ventor and entrepreneur who made a small fortune constructing tramways for booming mining companies in the Inland Northwest. The home was originally accessed via one of Riblet’s trams, which ferried passengers to the home’s cliff perch from the other side of the Spokane River. In the late 1980s brothers David and Harold Mielke restored the house for use as the headquarters of the Arbor Crest Winery.