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1023 West Riverside

Just Announced 

Proposed plans for new, affordable, workforce housing include approximately 40 2-bedroom and 1-bedroom apartments with modern amenities, a community courtyard, and nods to the architectural details found within the previous building. This exciting new project comes as Spokane faces unprecedented growth and housing challenges.  


This is the most recent step in Cowles Real Estate's investments in revitalizing the block east of Monroe Street and Riverside Avenue intersection. In 2020, production of the Spokesman-Review newspaper, a subsidiary of Cowles Company, was moved to Spokane Valley, opening up the Production Facility site for other uses. Spokane’s own Dry Fly Distilling quickly seized the opportunity and undertook a massive relocation taking over 32,000sf for production and a tasting room, which is now fully open.

Site History

The original red brick, Tudor-style building, built in 1910, was designed by Kirtland K. Cutter for the Northwest Life Insurance Company. In 1923-1924, the building was completely remodeled by architect Gustav Pehrson for the Western Union Life Insurance Company- totally changing the exterior to a terracotta, Italian Renaissance style. The building was also known in 1927 as the Sun Life Building (Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada) and in 1944 as the Great Northwest Life Building. In 1966, the building became the Catholic Diocese Chancery. In 2006, it was purchased by a Cowles Real Estate subsidiary. In 2019, the site was vacated of tenants due to safety and operational concerns.

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