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Joel Building in downtown Spokane had historical significance

The Joel Building was built in 1899 at a cost of $8,000 for a company that dealt in wholesale grocery The Joel Building was built in 1899 at a cost of $8,000 for a company that dealt in wholesale grocery

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Joel Building that burned Thursday morning in downtown Spokane was one of the "contributing buildings" in city's East Downtown Historic District.

The three-story building at Post and 2nd Ave. was built in 1899 for Boothe-Powell Co., a wholesale grocer founded three years earlier in 1896.  Cutter and Malmgreen, a celebrated architectural firm in Spokane, designed the building that cost $8,000 to build, according to documents at the Historic Preservation Office.

Those documents also note the building is a "rare surviving example of Cutter & Malmgreen's warehouse architecture".

The building remained under the ownership of Boothe-Powell Co. (which eventually split and became Power-Sanders and McClintock-Trunkey) until 1906.  Seattle Brewing company occupied the building briefly.  Beardmore Transfer Co. moved in in 1910, followed by The Arnold-Evans Co. and then E. S. Matthews Electro-Kold Corp., a company that reportedly preceded General Electric in making domestic refrigerators.

Joel, Inc, a gift store of the Joel E. Ferris fame, moved into the building in the 1960s.

Dorian Studios has occupied the space since at least 1971.

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