Historic Properties of Spokane
The three-story buff brick and stone building is a good example in Downtown Spokane of a mid-block vernacular apartment building/residential hotel. With commercial use on the ground floor and apartments above, the building was classic Single Room Occupancy Housing. Its basalt rubble and brick foundation, crisply detailed brick façade, segmental-arched window bays, pronounced pressed tin consoles and cornice, and rounded pediment are characteristic commercial building features of the first decade of the 20th century. The detailing suggests the work of an accomplished architect, in this case, William J. Ballard of Ballard Plannery. Ballard was noted for his single-family residential designs particularly the bungalow – for which he also developed and sold plan books. His work in larger commercial and apartment buildings was not nearly as prolific. Although Ballard designed hundreds of houses in Spokane, the Arden Hotel may be his only remaining commercial building in the city.