Historic Properties of Spokane
The Munroe & Helen Burr House, constructed in 1912, is a textbook example of a Craftsman style home. Located in the Rockwood neighborhood on Spokane’s South Hill, the home was occupied by the Burrs until it was sold in 1916. Munroe Burr was a long time resident of Spokane and operated his own electric company for many years. The low roof line, noticeable “eyebrow” dormer and wide eaves combine to create an exaggerated horizontal appearance – a hallmark of the Craftsman style. Interior woodwork is prominently expressed in deep ebony-colored curly- and vertical-grain fir, hand-rubbed to a rich patina. The unique basalt rock retaining wall bordering the driveway on the west side of the house was built at the same time as the home making it an original feature of the property. Well-preserved, the Burr House retains a high degree of exterior and interior architectural integrity in original location, design, materials, craftsmanship, and association.