Historic Properties of Spokane
Spokane Brewing & Malting
Located on a corner lot, the 1913 Spokane Brewing and Malting building is a two-story, flat roof, unreinforced red brick structure resting on a basalt rubble basement. Fronting along the south side of Broadway Avenue, at the southwest corner of Broadway Avenue and Lincoln Street, the building has an imposing presence on its corner location. The symmetrically-arranged front façade is divided into six bays, the main entry bay in the northeast corner, and a secondary entrance inset one bay from the northwest corner. The façade is a flat plane but is richly detailed with patterned molded red brick which displays one of the finest examples of decorative brickwork in Spokane. Horizontal striations, alternating recessed header courses, basket weave panels, voussoired brick window arches, corbeled blind arcade parapet wall with pressed tin cornice moldings, and crowned by a semi-circular arch topping a scalloped and stepped pediment. A square medallion with raised press tin letters “SB&Mco” (Spokane Brewing & Malting Co.) embellishes the tympanum. Corner pedestals embellished by pressed tin moldings topped with ball knobs mark the corners of the building.
The building is in its original location and retains integrity of design, material, and workmanship. Its setting on a corner lot creates a prominent feature of the building siting. Alterations have included replacement of the original window sash, replacement of a ground floor window by a new door opening, replacement of the original front entry door assembly to match the new door, bricking-in of two original loading doors on the east façade, revision of the loading dock on the south façade, and addition of steel fire escape and fire door on the west façade.