MY BELOVED HOME TOWN AND BEYOND ~ I grew up in the Pacific Northwest in an area known as the "Inland Empire" when I was a youngster. The region, which is now called the "Inland Northwest," includes Spokane and other friendly communities in Eastern Washington plus North Idaho's "Panhandle" with Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, Sandpoint and other small towns.
This is truly a beautiful part of America and a wonderful place to live and celebrate Autumn. Blessedly after a full year, many have received their COVID-vaccinations and more are in line for them, so hopefully Manito Park (image right) will be filled with picnickers and revelers during the beautiful season.
THE BEGINNING ~ In 1871, the first white settler to stake a claim in Spokan Falls ("Falls" was later dropped and an "e" added to Spokane) was Seth Scranton. However, James N. Glover was largely known as the "Father of Spokane" as he shaped the area bordering the falls on both sides of them into a town. The railroad, timber and rich ore from the Inland Northwest brought enormous wealth ~ making millionaires of many, although a huge fire burned most of Spokane in 1889, slowing the city's growth.
KEY PLAYERS ~ Kirtland K. Cutter, Amasa Campbell, Patsy Clark, Daniel C. Corbin, F. Rockwood Moore, James N. Glover, Louis B. Davenport, Francis Cook, Aubrey White, J.J. Browne, A.M. Cannon, J.P. Graves, William Cowles and others gave the area in general and the city in particular, its complexion. These highly successful men built grand mansions for their families and imposing downtown buildings to proclaim their wealth. Remarkably, many of these structures are still in beautiful immaculate condition.
PRESERVATION & THE TOP 10 ~ After World War II, when other cities were tearing down structures, an economic slump had folks in Spokane restoring properties. The South Hill in particular is filled with homes built in the '20s, '30s and '40s ~ many as pretty as when originally constructed.
Add to that the school system, manicured golf courses, bike trails and beautiful parks. Manito Park's Mirror Lake with walkways around its perimeter and picnic tables scattered about, is one of Doug and my favorite places ~ especially in Autumn! Spokane's very active Spokane Preservationist Advocates (SpokanePreservation.org) respects what a jewel Spokane is and works diligently to keep it that way. Also, from the 1950s into the late 1990s, property at nearby lakes was affordable, so many families had access to vacation property as well.
Highlight ~ Spokane was recently rated among the top 10 cities in the U.S. for its quality of life by AARP Magazine. Many "Baby Boomers" are coming home.
FULL CIRCLE ~ In late 2011, Doug and I moved from the Seattle area back to Spokane. We were both born here, although Doug grew up on Bellevue's Clyde Hill. Fond childhood memories inspired much of the art in this collection as the community is filled with endless inspiring subjects for an "Americana" artist like me to recreate. If you grew up here, you'll see dozens of beloved familiar settings below.
ENJOY MOTHER NATURE'S MOST BRILLIANT SEASON!
7 GROUPS IN THE "SPOKANE" COLLECTION
I've divided this collection into 7 groups with sub-categories. Each group highlights neighborhoods, communities and well-known beloved regional areas. In most cases, the artwork revolves with the seasons and highlights holidays.
NEW ARTWORK, GROUP PDFS & "THE BIG LIST"
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SPOKANE'S DOWNTOWN DISTRICT ~ BELOVED PRESTIGIOUS LANDMARKS PLUS "FUN" LEGENDARY DOWNTOWN SETTINGS
The Entire Downtown District Collection pdf ~ Click on the 3-page pdf to see and learn about all 11 images.
"FLYING SOUTH OVER SPOKANE FALLS (HUNTINGTON PARK)" (THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2004 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Not only did famed architect Kirtland K. Cutter create dozens of beautiful homes and handsome landmark buildings in Spokane, he also lent his design flair to other projects.
This portrayed the majestic Monroe Street Bridge, which spanned the river at the west end of downtown Spokane. In 1910, John Ralston, Spokane’s city engineer and designer of the grand bridge, invited Cutter to design its decorative handrails and lookout stations, which featured life-size reliefs of bison skulls.
The photo here showed the bridge just after its construction. In the background was another famous landmark, the Washington Water Power Post Street Substation. Cutter designed that massive brick and basaltic rock industrial building in 1909.
Recently, Huntington Park situated on the south side of the falls was given a formal restoration with the installation of lawn, a basaltic rock terraced gardens and assorted decorative plantings ~ creating a very inviting space for folks to not only view the cascading water, but stay a while and enjoy a picnic in the scenic spot.
Highlight ~ WWP’s first CEO, Frank Rockwood Moore, gave Cutter one of his first residential commissions ~ a stunning Turdor-Revival (now demolished) on the property between the D.C. Corbin House and the F. Lewis Clark House which later served as the parking lot for the restored Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens.
"MERRY MEETING AT THE FLOUR MILL" (THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JULY 2018 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The historic Flour Mill has served Spokane as a unique refurbished retail destination since 1974 and Spokane’s Expo 74 Environment World’s Fair. The setting featured boutique-style shops, Clinkerdagger’s Restaurant (Clinkerdagger.com), event center spaces on its grounds and interior ~ including the recent addition of an enclosed rooftop space overlooking Spokane’s Riverfront Park and the Downtown District.
Built in 1895, this was one a several mills on the Spokane River that took advantage of the power they produced in the late 1800s before F. Rockwood Moore developed Washington Water Power (later Avista).
It was initially involved in one of the most difficult, hard fought lawsuits in Spokane’s history that delayed its operation for five years.
Highlight ~ I pictured friends Tom and Kathie Kellogg’s cozy trailer in front of the flour mill, offering traditional roasted chestnuts on a chilly afternoon.
"DALLYING AT THE DAVENPORT" (THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, SPOKANE, WA • OCTOBER 2008 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
I gave this artwork a late 1940s time-frame, painting Louis M. Davenport's legendary hotel in the heart of Spokane’s Downtown District as it looked decades ago. To the right is the Pennington Hotel and at the forefront, Davenport’s luxurious restaurant.
Designed by famed architect, Kirtland Kelsey Cutter, the Davenport Hotel (TheDavenportHotel.com) opened in 1914 to become an iconic part on Spokane’s skyline for decades.
With Davenport’s death in 1951, his hotel was sold to the company that owned Seattle's grand Olympic Hotel, but the new owners allowed it to gradually decline and The Davenport finally closed 1985.
After years of neglect with demolition looming, Walt and Karen Worthy purchased it in 2000. After countless hours of renovation, restoration and careful attention to detail, the Worthy’s reopened the grand “lady” in 2002, giving Spokane and all of its visitors back this truly remarkable local treasure.
Highlight ~ I pictured my parents in this piece, arriving at the hotel for their honeymoon night at the Davenport in Autumn 1947.
"BREAKING NEWS AT THE REVIEW BUILDING" (THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED MAY 2013 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This unique building in the Spokane’s Downtown District was designed and built in 1890 after the Great Spokane Fire by Chauncey B. Seaton, although he left before the construction project was completed. Seaton designed it to fit the unusual shaped lot. When finished, it was one of the city’s tallest buildings built to house the principle newspaper, The Spokesman Review (Spokesman.com).
In 1883, Frank Dallam began the Review, which competed with the Spokesman, a newspaper owned by a group of local Spokane businessmen. In order to survive, the papers merged into one. Then the Panic of 1893 threatened to kill it, so W.H. Cowles came from Chicago to salvage the newspaper and became the sole owner of the new The Spokesman-Review and later, The Spokane Daily Chronicle.
His son W.H. Cowles II and grandson W.H. Cowles III were very influential members of the Spokane community ~ his grandson serving as director of the Associated Press for 33 years.
Highlight ~ When I painted this portrait of the historic building, the civic-minded Cowles family still owned and operated the paper, also orchestrating the development of Riverpark Square Shopping Mall and other local projects.
MANITO AND OTHER COUNTY & STATE PARKS AND GARDENS ~ SETTINGS WITHIN SPOKANE'S CITY LIMIITS PLUS STATE PARKS IN THE INLAND NORTHWEST ~ INCLUDING MOUNT SPOKANE
Entire Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens Collection pdf ~ Click on the 5-page pdf to see and learn about all 25 paintings.
LEGENDARY MANITO PARK ~ BELOVED 10-ACRE SOUTH HILL SETTING THAT OPENED IN 1904
NEW! "AUTUMN SPLENDOR AT THE JAPANESE GARDEN" (MANITO PARK, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2020 ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10 -INCH)
Manito Park's (TheFriendsOfManito.org) stunning Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden was finished and opened in 1974, honoring Spokane’s connection with its sister city Nishinomiya, Japan. Acclaimed landscape architect, Nagao Sakurai, was commissioned to design the special garden in 1967 ~ remarkable, because at one time he was in charge of the Japanese Imperial Palace grounds.
The waterfall and pond were started in 1970, but in 1973 Sakural suffered a stroke, so two other architects, Shosuke Nagai and Hirohiko Kawai, travelled from Kobe, Japan, to complete the last year of the project.
Dedication took place on May 17, 1974 honoring the Sister City relationship. Ed Tsutakawa founded the Spokane Nishinomiya Sister City relationship and was involved with the movement for 45 years. He also had a great deal to do with the design and completion of this site.
Upon his death in 2006, it was suggested that Manito’s Japanese Gardens be named for him. A decision was made at the Spokane Parks & Recreation Board meeting in December 2007 and the garden was re-dedicated on April 20, 2008. A flowering cherry tree from Nishinomiya and the Spokane Sister City Societies was planted to honor the event.
Highlight ~ During our time living by the park, our neighbor Helen shared she was the daughter of one of the team members responsible for this project. Her stories abouth the park's history were amazing! This piece pictures Sally Mom, my sisters and their sweethearts.
“AFTERNOON AT THE MANITO ADMIN. BUILDING (HEADHOUSE)” (MANITO PARK, THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2019 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The stunning focal point of the South Hill neighborhood, Manito Park was deeded to the city of Spokane in 1904.
The handsome single-story basaltic rock and shingle Administration Building or “Headhouse” as it was also known, was constructed in 1912 on the north side of the Gaiser Conservatory, south of the Ferris Perennial Gardens and east of Rose Hill. It was built to house the offices of Manito’s horticultural staff and The Friends of Manito (TheFriendsOfManito.org), a non-profit service group whose purpose it was to help Spokane’s Parks & Rec. Department preserve, promote and improve the city’s beloved setting.
Highlight ~ Revised from the original artwork completed in 2003, this piece celebrate family (three generations) enjoying the beautiful setting on a gorgeous sunny Autumn afternoon ~ walking the dog, playing in the fallen leaves and more.
NEW! "SNOWFALL AT THE BASALTIC ROCK BRIDGE" (MANITO PARK, THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 2020 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH
One of the most unique things about 90-acre Manito Park (TheFriendsOfManito.org) was the prolific use of native basaltic rock on structures throughout the grounds when this magnificent park was created in 1904.
This included rest-rooms shelters, Headhouse (the administration building on the north side of the Gaiser Conservatory), the Park Bench Cafe, storage buildings above Duncan Garden on its east side and later in the 1950s, the huge fireplace at the west end of Manito Pond.
A remarkably beautiful feature at the park was its stone bridge that connected Rose Hill to the property that originally housed zoo animals before it closed in 1932 due to the Great Depression. This decision was further spurned by an accident that maimed a child when she reached through bars to feed a polar bear.
Highlight ~ I painted this scene with Doug, me and our two granddaughters, Addison and Piper, enjoying the day after a fresh snowfall.
"FUN & FROLIC AT THE MANITO FIREPLACE" (MANITO PARK, THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2006 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
At the west end of the Manito Park’s (TheFriendsOfManito.org) Duck Pond (also known as Mirror Lake), a massive basaltic rock fireplace was built in 1955 as a memorial to Lt. Lawrence Rist, an Air Force officer who was killed in action in the Korean War.
For decades growing up in Spokane, my parents took our family ice-skating during the winter months on Manito Pond. At that time the city and local fire department took pains to keep the surface smoothly groomed for skaters.
There was nearly always a fire blazing for folks who were chilled and in need of warming up and a hot beverage. I filled this scene with family and friends enjoying the day.
Highlight ~ The Friends of Manito stewardship organization recently paved the long-time gravel pathway that bordered the pond, creating a much more user-friendly walkway for folks to enjoy in all seasons.
SPOKANE COUNTY & STATE PARKS AND GARDENS ~ SETTINGS WITHIN SPOKANE'S CITY LIMIITS PLUS INLAND NW STATE PARKS, INCLUDING MOUNT SPOKANE
"VINTAGE VIEW OF COEUR D'ALENE PARK" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 2015 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 9X12-INCH)
This Autumn-themed artwork portrayed how I imagined Spokane’s first and oldest park, Coeur d’Alene, might have looked in the early 1900s. Several wealthy Browne’s Addition residents made their fortunes in the Coeur d’Alene mines, perhaps inspiring its name.
Researching how the first pavilion and period clothing looked, I painted merrymakers listening to music, strolling leisurely, bicycling and riding in the elegant carriage based on the one owned by the Amasa Campbell family.
Although the four-block parcel was set aside by developers A.M. Cannon and J.J. Browne in the 1880s, the park was not officially deeded until 1891. In the early 1900s, John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Dawson of the famed Olmsted Bros. firm offered several suggestions to improve the park, including reducing the drives through it and the addition of a bandstand pavilion.
This was replaced very similarly to the original plans and rededicated in 1990 with two of the handsome urn-shaped planters seen in many early park photographs flanking it. The park was also renowned for its collection of one of nearly every type of tree native to the Northwest.
Highlight ~ 2016 marked the 125th anniversary of the park’s founding with celebrations driven by the stewardship group, the Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park.
Seconds from downtown, Riverside State Park came into being under the direction of Park Superintendent Aubrey Lee White who was known as the "Father of Spokane Parks."
The basaltic rock formations on the south side of the Spokane River resembled a bowl and pitcher ~ thus the name.
President Franklin Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) built the famous swinging suspension bridge, the Aubrey L. White Parkway on both sides of the river, the rock walls that border it and more.
A new set of timbered steps that climbed up to the hiking trails on the south side of the bridge was updated in 2012.
Highlight ~ I painted friends and family about to enjoy a picnic on a gorgeous sunny day ~ it has always been one of our favorite spots for this pastime!
""RIVERFRONT PARK REVERIE" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2012 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Riverfront Park was created as the site of Spokane’s 1974 “Expo ‘74” ~ the first environmental world’s fair.
Located on riverfront property that had been a hodge-podge of industrial businesses like the Crystal Laundry, intersecting railroad tracks and the old railway station, the setting was developed into a beautiful park.
Many Spokane folks thought the historic train station was an architectural gem worth saving. After much discussion driven by several concerned citizens and organizations, a compromise was reached to keep the station's signature clock tower.
Riverfront Park went on to house the Looff Carousel, the “Radio Flyer” slide, a pavilion later outfitted with tubes of colorful lights that lit up the night skyline, the magical Ice Ribbon skating feature, and gondolas that carried folks over thundering Spokane Falls.
Highlight ~ Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson’s classic film “Benny & Joon” included scenes filmed in Riverfront Park.
"ICE RIBBON AT RIVERFRONT PARK" (THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JULY 2019 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
In early December 2017, Spokane opened the first ice ribbon on the West Coast ~ a fun addition to Riverfront Park which was part of the updating plans happening on what was once the site of Spokane’s Expo 74 environmental fair.
The ice ribbon promised a wonderful urban experience with its 16-foot wide 700-foot trail curling around the west end of the park. Fire pits, an ice lounge and more promised a great experience for skaters young and old. Summer offered roller-skating instead and other activities, so the ribbon could be enjoyed year round.
Highlight ~ I filled this artwork with skaters enjoying the crisp winter day and pictured Riverfront’s pavilion and iconic clock tower in the background of this piece honoring the ice ribbon’s opening day.
BROWNE'S ADDITION ~ CHURCHES, SCHOOLS, PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, "HOME SWEET HOMES" AND THE MAC'S RESTORED AMASA CAMPBELL HOUSE
Entire Browne's Addition Collection pdf ~ Click on the 7-page pdf to see and learn about all 32 images (16 Browne's Addition settings and 16 of the Campbell House).
BROWNE'S ADDITION SMALL BUSINESSES AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" ~ SPOKANE'S FIRST AND OLDEST NEIGHBORHOOD
"HALLOWEEN HOTEL (STIMMEL HOUSE)" (BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED APRIL 1997 ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
I painted his decorative two-story frame cottage located near the west side of Coeur d’Alene Park, giving it a spooky Halloween theme with a witch, warlock, a ghost or two, a scarecrow and lots of large orange pumpkins.
This fine residence was built for H.G. Stimmel, who first came to Spokane in 1882 as the Inland Northwest region’s first agent for the Northern Pacific Railroad. The railroad gave the fledgling community of Spokane a huge boost financially and helped create many wealthy citizens in the late 1980s.
An investor in mining and other local industries, Stimmel later added city councilman to his list of worthy local achievements. This pretty two-story Victorian was owned by the original family until sometime in the 1980s (about 100 years) and was one of just a few large homes not sub-divided into apartments for returning servicemen at the end of World War II.
Highlight ~ This two-story was a shining example of charming “gingerbread” styling in a neighborhood filled with more opulent, grand mansions.
"THE PHELPS HOUSE IN THE FALL" (BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 2005 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This handsome brick and basaltic rock Colonial Revival-style home was built in Spokane’s Browne’s Addition in the late 1800s, it was thought by D.B. Fotheringham. The Moses A. Phelps family lived there from 1886 to 1954.
On his journey to Seattle, Phelps arrived in Spokane Falls and was enchanted by its beauty. He decided to stay in the community by the falls and opened the very successful M.A. Phelps Lumber Company, supplying timber for the construction of both the massive Spokane County Court House and the Division Street Bridge.
This painting featured folks celebrating the season of Autumn in the front yard of the residence.
Highlight ~ My dear friend Mary Doohan suggested this home for a painting when it was owned by a chum of hers. I painted Mary and me bringing steaming pumpkin pies to this merry group of al fresco diners.
NEW! "BRUNCH AT BROWNE'S BOOMTOWN BISTRO" (BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2020 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)This handsome two-story-plus Browne's Boomtown Bistro (BrownesBoomtownBistro.com) structure named for early Spokane developer J.J. Browne, was built in 1901at 1924 Pacific Avenue, south of the historic E.J. Roberts Mansion.
Charming and eclectic inside and out, the dining room served patrons on the main floor and the second floor bar overlooked the Elk Public House, once a drug store famous for its soda fountain like the one featured in the Holiday film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
I learned that the Browne’s Bistro owners Jim and Terri Adolfson (pictured on the front porch) had once been proprietors of Fergusson’s Cafe next door to the Garland Milk Bottle.
When Doug and I visited the place for breakfast in early Autumn 2019, the bistro had been open a few months and had just received a very favorable review in a recent issue of The Inlander. It was mobbed with eager customers.
Highlight ~ Another time, lunching on the patio with my mother and sister, Peggy made a quick trip inside, returning to share that the dining room was decorated with framed prints of my paintings. I met the Adolfsons that day and the inspiration for this piece was born.
"AUTUMN AFTERNOON AT PATSY CLARK'S" (BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED MARCH 1997 ACRYLIC
ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The Patrick Clark Mansion across from the Coeur d’Alene Park on 2nd Avenue and Hemlock Street was the fine work of architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter. The flamboyant design of this three-story residence was inspired by the palaces of Islamic Spain. Constructed beige-gold brick with a crimson tile roof, it stood out dramatically in a neighborhood of Tudor-Revivals and Queen Anne Victorians.
Born in Ireland of poor parents, 20-year old Patrick Clark arrived in the United States in 1870 and chose mining for his career path. He worked in several states before joining a Spokane syndicate, partnering with high-profile businessmen Finch, Campbell, Wakefield and Corbin.
He moved his family into this opulent mansion in 1897 after living temporarily in the Fotheringham House across the street directly east. For a time in the 1980s and 1990s, the residence was a very popular fine restaurant named after him.
Later on in the 2000s, the grand mansion was purchased by a group of successful attorneys who installed their offices on the second floor. A further renovation and restoration was completed, making the first floor a sought after event center for weddings and other social functions. These attorneys just sold the landmark structure to another group of lawyers.
Highlight ~When Doug and I were courting in 1997, I brought him to Spokane to meet my mother Sally. We chose Patsy Clark's when it was serving Spokane as a fine dining establishment as our restaurant for that special introductory dinner. This piece featured my brother Bill and his wife Jorja preparing for an the Autumn feast of Thanksgiving.
THE MAC'S AMASA CAMPBELL HOUSE ~ GRACIOUS LIVING FOR THE CAMPBELLS AND THE STAFF WHO LOOKED AFTER THEM IN THE LATE 1800S AND EARLY 1900S
"TOURING THE CAMPBELL HOUSE" (THE CAMPBELL HOUSE, BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JANUARY 2011 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8x10-INCH)
Located in the heart of historic Browne’s Addition, Spokane’s first residential neighborhood, the Amasa Campbell House portrayed here became "jewel" in the crown of the MAC (NorthwestMuseum.org) complex. It was donated to the City by daughter Helen when her mother Grace died.
At one time, the mansion housed the Cheney-Cowles Museum, but a new modern complex was built and an ambitious restoration that progressed for decades was begun on the Campbell House from the basement through the second floor.
Folks who had purchased the Campbell’s furniture gave many of the signature pieces back to help the project along. This mansion was particularly luxurious as Campbell was a very wealthy man through his mining partnership with neighbors John A. Finch, Patrick Clark and W.J.C. Wakefield.
When a fairly large portion of the restoration was complete, the museum began offering tours of the Campbell House ~ frequently with docents on hand to answer questions and share stories about this historic Spokane family.
Highlight ~ A booklet with samples of wallpaper and other important details pertaining to the house was compiled during its initial construction in 1899. This was found in the linen closet in the third floor maid’s quarters during the mansion's restoration ~ a huge help to the ambitious project.
NEW! "THE CAMPBELL FAMILY'S GARDEN GAZEBO" (CAMPBELL FAMILY PROPERTY, BROWNE'S ADDITION, THE MAC, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2021 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 5X7-INCH)
For decades, a local jewel of Spokane’s Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (NorthwestMuseum.org) has been the historic restored Amasa Campbell House. Campbell was one of the wealthy early businessmen to settle in the riverside community of Spokane Falls. He positioned his Kirtland K. Cutter designed Tudor-Revival mansion in Browne’s Addition to overlook the Spokane River from the back of his property.
Cutter was also the architect responsible for many of his neighbors’ and business partners’ homes ~ Patrick Clark. W.J.C Wakefield and John A. Finch, to name a few. The homes these pillars of the community housed their families in were without question among some of those most beautiful in the region. Several properties, like the F. Lewis Clark home on the South Hill had “follies” added to their grounds.
Campbell had this Arts & Crafts-style gazebo constructed overlooking the river as a place for his family to relax and enjoy their view during pleasant weather. As it was built near the top of a steep, somewhat treacherous hillside, with time this part of the Campbell estate was allowed to revert to a more natural state. It must have been a delight, however, when Amasa, wife Grace and daughter Helen used it.
Highlight ~ I created this image for a book of fine art and history I've been working on for over a decade celebrating the Campbell House from the viewpoint of our two kitties Andy and Sophie.
"DESSERT IN THE SERVANTS' DINING ROOM" (THE CAMPBELL HOUSE, BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2015 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The servants’ cozy dining room in the Campbell House (NorthwestMuseum.org) was located on the east end of the mansion and faced First Avenue.
When I painted this portrait of it in 2011, the walls were a neutral white, but since then, they have been papered with replicated wallpaper. The staff ate their meals in this room and probably gathered here to be briefed on daily tasks.
This dining room was in the servants’ portion of the residence across the hall from the busy kitchen as the cook prepared meals for both the Campbells and the staff. Wainscoting enhanced the room and windows on two sides let in plenty of natural sunlight. The live-in household staff consisted of five to seven servants ~ the cook, the first maid (main floor duties), the second maid (second floor duties and assistant to the first maid), two more domestics as needed, the coachman and a gardener to manage the grounds surrounding the mansion.
Highlight ~ I gave this pretty room an Autumn theme with pumpkins on the window sills and pie on the table for afternoon tea as this room exuded warmth and coziness with its new wallpaper installed.
"COOKIES IN THE KITCHEN" (THE CAMPBELL HOUSE, BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JUNE 2011 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The red and white kitchen with its white octagonal tile floor must have been a hub of activity when the Campbell family lived in their grand residence (NorthwestMuseum.org).
It was conveniently located across the hall from the servants’ dining room on one side and next to the butler’s pantry, which served the formal dining room on the other. All of the meals for the Campbell family as well as the staff of servants were prepared here.
The focal point was the huge, ornate Majestic wood stove with ovens for baking, roasting and keeping things warm and a cook-top large enough to accommodate several skillets and saucepans at the same time. To the left of the range was a large walk-in pantry equipped with a glass-windowed oak ice-box storage unit.
Highlight ~ During past Holiday Open Houses, this space was open for guests to explore ~ including the rarely seen butler’s pantry ~ all while munching on a freshly baked warn cookies!
THE PRESTIGIOUS SOUTH HILL ~ CHURCHES, SCHOOLS, PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THESE NEIGHBORHOODS ~ CANNON HILL / MANITO / CABLE ADDITIONS, CLIFF PARK, HIGH DRIVE, LOWER SOUTH HILL, MORAN PRIARIE, ROCKWOOD, OVERBLUFF, SOUTH PERRY DISTRICT AND MORE
Entire South Hill Collection pdf ~ Click on the 16-page pdf to see and learn about all 80 images.
THE SOUTH HILL'S PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES ~ ICONIC CHURCHES, SCHOOLS AND BELOVED SMALL BUSINESSES
NEW! "HARVEST FESTIVAL AT HUTTON SCHOOL" (ROCKWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD, THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2021 ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
When I painted this Autumn-themed portrait of Hutton Elementary School (SpokaneSchools.org), it had just turned 100 years old. Near Rockwood Boulevard on Spokane's South Hill, it was named for mining millionaire and philanthropist, Levi H. Hutton. It was originally designed in 1921 by Archibald Rigg and partner Roland Vantyne in the Spanish eclectic style. Stucco walls, red tile roofing, the arcaded entryway and windows have always made Hutton stand out architecturally in the Rockwood National Historic District.
Having recently been renovated, Spokane’s City Council placed it on the Spokane Register of Historic Places. The school was nominated for this special honor based on its contributions to history in the community ~ specifically in education and its uniquely handsome architecture.
I gave this painting a "Harvest Festival" theme with booths filled with freshly baked pumpkin and apple pies, displays of pumpkins for creating Jack-O-Lanterns, bouquets of friendly sunflowers, and T-shirts with an "H" on the front for “Hutton.” Colorful pumpkins, baskets of apples, wheat shocks and balloons in Autumn colors decorated this imaginary fundraiser for the "Hutton Hawks." The festival was about to begin with volunteers poised to welcome shoppers of all ages on a beautiful “Indian Summer” morning.
"OKTOBERFEST AT CATALDO SCHOOL" (SAINT AUGUSTINE'S PARISH, THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2006 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Known as St. Augustine’s School when my sisters and I attended classes there in the 1950s and 1960s, later the parochial grade school changed its name and absorbed students from Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Lourdes parishes ~ thus the name change.
The handsome old building was designed by famed architect Kirtland K. Cutter and served as the original church, school and Franciscan Sisters’ convent in the 1930s and 1940.
The school holds fond memories for hundreds of South Hill kids (including me) ~ now parents and grandparents of the children who attend classes today.
This artwork, inspired by my sister-in-law, Jan Simpson, celebrates Autumn's Oktoberfest, a colorful season in Spokane. My niece and nephew Scot and Isabel were pictured as youngsters with their chums (girls in their plaid uniforms and boys in navy) at this seasonal celebration.
"LATTES AT LINDAMAN'S" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2017 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Lindaman’s Bistro was a favorite gathering spot for folks living on the South Hill and beyond. Located on 13th and Grand Boulevard south of Saint John the Evangelist Cathedral (its spires visible in this artwork), this beloved bistro opened in 1984.
Many thought it was an outbuilding of the church, but the modest structure was built in about 1910 to house the Triesch Bros. Mercantile. Peter Triesch was my friend Sara Weaver-Lundberg’s grandfather. Mary Triesch shared stories of the employees watching the huge church going up in 1925.
Later, the mercantile’s name was changed to Summit Supply Co. Although a rather plain building by most masonry standards, the front of the structure was blessed with some unique decorative patterns in its brickwork.
Highlight ~ I painted this cheerful scene as a gift for owner Merrilee Lindaman when I had an exhibit there two years before she retired in 2019, closing her beloved bistro after providing Spokane’s South Hill with decades of enjoyment.
"SOUTH HILL SNOWMEN (ROCKWOOD BAKERY" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JANUARY 2016 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This artwork pictured three snowmen welcomed patrons to this beloved bakery a half block east of Grand Boulevard and Manito Park on Spokane’s South Hill.
Whether the weather was chill as in this scene, or warm for al fresco dining on the deck of the historic 18th Avenue setting, the Rockwood Bakery has always been a favorite of loyal patrons.
For those with a sweet tooth and discerning love of rich coffee and flavorful tea, from the day that the Rockwood opened, people have gathered there.
When my sister’s fiancé was working on the hardwood floors in our nearby bungalow, he breakfasted every morning here.
Highlight ~ In the early 1900s, this structure served the neighborhood as the Rockwood Market. It was the first to offer its customers meat lockers to freeze their large quantity purchases ~ perfect during hunting season.
SOUTH HILL "HOME SWEET HOMES" ~ BUNGALOWS, CAPE CODS, DUTCH COLONIALS, FOURSQUARES, TUDORS, VICTORIANS AND MORE
"TRICK OR TREATING ON 25TH & BERNARD" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • SEPTEMBER 2002 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The Dutch-Colonial-style Codd House has always been one of most beautiful homes on Bernard Street and 25th Avenue on the South Hill. Our Simpson family (only five out of six kids at the time) lived there for a decade from 1952 to 1962.
I always loved this home and painted five portraits of it ~ this one celebrating Halloween with costumed kids coming up our walk to collect goodies from my dad “The Ghoul.”
Built as a wedding gift by Dr. Codd for his newlywed son in the 1920s, the home featured beautiful Gum Wood crown molding, built-in bookcases and French doors on the main floor.
When our family outgrew our cottage on Lincoln, my parents bought this two-story and began updating it with new wallpaper and slip-covers in the living/dining room, giving it a warm “English Country” feel. They created a new sleek kitchen with a big picture window overlooking the back yard, had the garage moved to create a back patio and more,
When the city widened Bernard Street into a busy arterial, our family moved to the suburbs in Spokane Valley. The house was purchased by the Sullivans and later in 2002 by the Starbucks, who put a great deal of time and effort into renovating it.
Highlight ~ When I finished this portrait in the early 2000s, it brought back lots of memories for my sisters Marilee and Peggy who remembered Halloween there as youngsters. The neighborhood was filled with kids so it was great for trick or treating!
"DINING WITH THE DOOHANS" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2014 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This painting pictured the historic Ferris House, a classic Dutch-Colonial two-story located near Grand Boulevard and Saint John the Evangelist Cathedral.
It was purchased by Joe and Mary Doohan (pictured on the front porch) and became their family home where they raised their four children.
This artwork celebrated a wonderful memorable Thanksgiving. I pictured Joe’s parents Mike and Winnie arriving at the house with my mother Sally, my husband Doug and me. Of course, a traditional turkey dinner was on the menu along with Mike’s peppery unforgettable take on the politics of the day!
This was one of four home portraits I created of two of Joe and Mary’s residences ~ this house and a Victorian Queen Anne near Gonzaga Univeristy and Saint Aloysius Grade School. In 1997, Joe commissioned a portrait of Saint Al’s Church for the parish auction ~ still a favorite with many of my patrons.
Highlight ~ The Doohans were lifelong close friends of the Simpsons. I remember Winnie and Mike bringing baby Joe home in the 1960s. He and my youngest brother Bob have remained great friends for decades.
"9TH AVENUE ~ PUMPKIN PIE PALACE" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2003 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This Autumn painting pictured my mother Sally, sisters Peggy and Marilee and girlfriends gathering at this handsome Tudor-Revival two+ story mansion on Thanksgiving morning for a baking project. Shared recipes and traditional secrets inspired all of us to create several very tantalizing pumpkin pies for family feasts scheduled later in the day.
The handsome home featured here was one of four similar Comstock-Shadle family residences built next to each other on 9th Avenue, one block west of Monroe Street on the Spokane’s South Hill High.
Esteemed architect Loren L. Rand designed James Comstock’s residence in 1905. The next year, Rand turned his attention to creating this house on the property next door. Willis A. Ritchie did two other houses with a similar feel on this block as well.
Highlight ~ Both of these architects designed famous settings. L.L. Rand may be best known for Lewis & Clark High School and Willis A. Ritchie for the Spokane County Courthouse.
"PUMPKINS AT THE PRETTY PARENT HOUSE" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2016 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS ~ 8X 10-INCH)
This classic Craftsman-style bungalow was built in Manito’s Cable Addition in 1916 by local contractor George M. Baker for Louis and Alma Parent who lived in this pretty place for the longest period of time (1916-1957) ~ thus its name.
Louis Parent worked as warehouse billing clerk, department manager and shipping manager for one employer his entire life. Spokane Dry Goods housed the merchandise for Spokane’s beloved Crescent Department Store.
The couple had one son, Clifford. Louis died in 1957 and Alma continued living at their home another year before she sold the property. Remarkably, she lived to be 101.
After several subsequent owners, the Conways purchased the residence and completed a meticulous restoration, highlighting much of the home’s original personality.
Highlight ~ I gave this piece an Autumn theme, picturing a neighborhood dad giving his happy kiddos a ride ~ one on his shoulders and the others in a red Radio Flyer wagon.
THE HISTORIC NORTH SIDE ~ SAINT ALOYSIUS GONZAGA COLLECTION, CHURCHES, SCHOOLS, PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN CORBIN PARK, GARLAND, INDIAN TRAIL, LITTLE SPOKANE RIVER, LOGAN, NETTLETON, WEST POINT ROAD, THE UNIVERSITY DISTRICT AND MORE
The Entire North Side Collection pdf ~ Click on the 6-page pdf to see and learn about all 30 images.
NORTH SIDE'S SAINT ALOYSIUS GONZAGA COLLECTION ~ FATHER JOSEPH CATALDO S.J.'S RENOWNED CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM IN SPOKANE
"CLASSMATES AT COLLEGE HALL" (GONZAGA UNIVERSITY, THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • JUNE 2013 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Gonzaga University (Gonzaga.Edu) owes its beginning to Italian-born missionary Fr. Joseph Cataldo, S.J. Often in poor health, he was a dynamo nonetheless and was appointed General Superior of the Rocky Mountain Mission in 1877 (8 residences and 38 members scattered throughout the Northwest).
Competition with Protestants for access to local Native American tribes was the main reason for founding a Jesuit college in Spokane. When it opened, applicants had to “know how to read and write, and not be under ten years of age.” Originally only white students were permitted to enroll.
Railroad land was purchased in 1881. Gonzaga began educating in 1887, and was incorporated and able to grant degrees by 1896. A permanent residence and four-story building was completed by 1899. Handsome, stately “College Hall” became the key building on the beautiful campus.
Highlight ~ The hall’s entrance was further enhanced in April 2008 by the dedication of George Carlson’s Saint Ignatius statue, a reflection pool and new landscaping.
"GATHERING AT GONZAGA PREP" (THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED March 2017 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 9X12-INCH)
Gonzaga Prep (GPrep.com) was established in 1887 by Father Joseph Cataldo and S.J. with eight other faculty members. It became one of four Jesuit High Schools in the Pacific Northwest acclaimed for “preparing students for life.”
Once known as Gonzaga High, from early years it had a solid relationship with Gonzaga University. Gonzaga High was located within the college at one setting or another wherever the institution moved ~ and some years, the tuition from its considerable student body helped keep the college afloat.
The high school split from the college administratively in 1926, but the permanent move to Euclid Avenue did not occur until 1954 after Father Gordon Toner, S.J. purchased 85 lots that ultimately comprised the campus. Ground was broken in 1953 and a year later, Gonzaga Preparatory School, Inc. began teaching its 610 male students. In 1975 with the close of Holy Names Academy (Marycliff High School followed in 1979), Gonzaga Prep opened its doors to women.
Also history making, in the late 1980s, Gonzaga Prep became the first Jesuit school in the United States to hire a lay president. When I painted this artwork, John Traynor’s longtime successor Al Falkner was completing his 43rd and final year of service with plans to retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
"THE HISTORIC HUETTER HOUSE" (GONZAGA UNIVERSITY, THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • MAY 2007• ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
John Huetter started work on this stately mansion in 1889. In the construction business ~ and a fine stone mason and brick layer ~ he was also responsible for Gonzaga University’s DeSmet Hall and the Administration Building (College Hall).
The great fire of 1889 provided other opportunities, such as the construction of the original St. Joseph’s Orphanage. Huetter’s family of nine children were active in St. Aloysius parish.
Several Catholic organizations used this house until 1956 when Bishop Bernard J. Topel dedicated it to the memory of Bishop Charles D. White (second bishop of the Spokane Diocese) and commissioned it as a Preparatory Seminary.
This painting was completed to honor its 50th year of preparing men for the priesthood.
When a new seminary was built, a decision made to move the historic structure to its location near Bing Crosby’s residence where it began serving Gonzaga University (Gonzaga.Edu) as the alumni center.
Highlight ~ I pictured my brothers John, Bill and Bob Simpson as young altar boys in the foreground of this piece.
"SUNDAY MORNING AT SAINT AL'S (DETAIL)" (THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • FEBRUARY 1997 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This piece portrayed majestic Saint Aloysius Catholic Church which served both the North Side’s Gonzaga University students and faculty ~ as well as folks from every neighborhood in Spokane who count themselves as parishioners of this church whether they lived near it or not.
The setting for hundreds of weddings, christenings, funerals, baccalaureates, first communions and confirmation as over the many decades when it has stood in place, this church has always been loved by many.
The stunning structure was designed by famed Spokane architect Herman Preusse at the turn of the last century. Its spires were designed to be a huge iconic signature identifying Gonzaga University on Spokane's skyline. Saint Aloysius has also served as subject matter for many fine artists in the Inland Northwest.
When I was a high school student in the late 1960s, Holy Names Academy and Gonzaga Preparatory High School also held important religious celebrations here like Baccalaureate Mass.
I pictured beloved Jesuit Father Tony Lehman in this piece, visiting with the Joe Doohan famiy after Sunday morning Mass. Joe commissioned this painting for the March 1997 St. Aloysius parish auction.
Highlight ~ Remarkably, Father Tony Lehman also blessed Doug and my marriage after the Mass where my Godson Scot's Simpson's first Holy Communion ceremony took place.
THE NORTH SIDE'S PUBLIC PLACES ~ CHURCHES, SCHOOLS AND BELOVED BUSINESSES, INCLUDING THE SPOKANE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
"NOVEMBER AT OLD NORTH CENTRAL HIGH" (THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2015 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Until 1907, students only had Spokane High School (renamed South Central High) on Fourth & Howard to educate them. In 1908, North Central High School opened with only half a wing and a dozen classrooms for its 200 students. Eventually the other wing was added plus the gymnasium.
In 2010, Central Spokane High burned to the ground, so its students joined the N.C. student body while a replacement was built. A contest sponsored by the Spokane Chronicle to name the South Hill school was won by N.C.’s Principal Richard Hargreaves who came up with “Lewis & Clark.”
Important early guests to North Central included orator William Jennings Bryant and ex-slave Booker T. Washington.
I gave this piece 1968 timeframe, picturing the “N.C. Indians” banner, cheerleaders, a football player, majorette, “Key Club” member, a female athlete in a letter sweater, ASB President Dave Westfall, Sue Saling (Betts) who was a huge help in researching this piece.
Highlight ~ During Spokane’s Expo 74, over 10,000 alumni gathered from around the world at the Spokane Coliseum for a mammoth all-class reunion. This handsome building was demolished in 1978 to make way for a modern structure.
"THE SPOKANE COUNTY COURTHOUSE" (THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2014 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
29-year-old W.A. Ritchie won the design competition sponsored by the Board of the County Commissioner in 1893 for the Spokane County Courthouse.
Construction in the French Renaissance style began in 1894 on property located across the Spokane River from Spokane’s Downtown District.
It was regarded as a masterpiece with its elaborate statuesque towers, handsome masonry and intricate wrought-iron metalwork. The center tower and roof were freshened up in 2012. It has been an important part of Spokane’s skyline for over a hundred years.
A dubious honor, the courtyard held the county’s first public hanging on its grounds in 1897, executing a man who had murdered a woman.
Highlight ~ I dedicated this painting to my father, a successful Spokane attorney who spent much of his career in this building.
"GATHERING AT THE GARLAND MILK BOTTLE" (THE NORTH SIDE • PAINTED MARCH 2016 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This piece pictured Paul E. Newman’s Benewah Creamery’s Milk Bottle building on Garland Avenue, the first of two in Spokane (this one constructed in 1934) of the six planned by Whitehouse and Price (Hutton Settlement and more). At a hefty price tag of $3,700 each, the Great Depression probably was the culprit in only allowing for two.
The milk bottle buildings were classic examples of “literalist” architecture as they advertised in a very real way exactly what they were selling.
After decades of serving the community, the Benewah Creamery closed in 1978 and the milk bottle when on to house a variety of small businesses. When I painted this portrait, it was a diner that served the Garland District as Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle.
I painted students from North Side high schools ~ Rogers, Gonzaga Prep, North Central, Holy Names Academy and Shadle ~ in their school colors gathering in Autumn for ice cream treats.
Highlight ~ In 2011, fire nearly destroyed the milk bottle and adjacent Fergusson’s Café, but after a year of rebuilding, the beloved historic icon reopened for business.
FLOWERFIELD IN THE FALL (SAINT GEORGE'S SCHOOL)" (THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JUNE 2008 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Located on the banks of the Little Spokane River on Spokane’s North Side, Flowerfield was once the 440-acre Summer estate of Louis Davenport, his wife and son.
The property was sold in 1955 and 120 acres of it became Saint George’s School (sgs.org). The Davenport’s lovely two-story residence was preserved as part of the private school’s campus, serving as an event center.
Louis Davenport was known for hiring outstanding architects and commissioned renowned architects Kirtland K. Cutter and Karl Malmgren to design what was to become one of the grandest hotels in Spokane’s history.
Highlight ~ Closed for decades, the Davenport Hotel was restored to its former glory by Walt and Karen Worthy, and re-opened to the public in the early 2000s.
THE NORTH SIDE'S "HOME SWEET HOMES" ~ BUNGALOWS, DUTCH COLONIALS, FOURSQUARES, SALT BOXES, VICTORIANS AND MORE
"WITCHES ON WOODIES" ( CORBIN PARK, THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JULY 2018 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The Corbin Park Historic District has been a unique pocket of homes on Spokane’s North Side since the early 1900s when Daniel C. Corbin developed the neighborhood around the park. Oval-shaped Corbin Park had once been the Washington-Idaho Fairgrounds and Racetrack from 1886 to 1897.
Later, this district was named on the Local, State and National Registers of Historic Places. This three-story Queen Anne was the very first residence constructed there, created in 1902 by prominent builder Harry J. Skinner for his family. He built several other homes in this neighborhood and in other neighborhoods on Spokane’s North Side.
I gave this scene a Halloween theme with three witches dancing to the ghosts’ spooky serenade, lit by over a dozen Jack-O-Lanterns peppering the property.
Highlight ~ Over the years, Corbin Park became THE Halloween destination with homes decorated from head-to-toe and the neighborhood hosting as many as 10,000 trick-or-treaters each Autumn.
"HAPPY HALLOWEEN" (LOGAN NEIGHBORHOOD, THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 1994 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This sweet Victorian Queen Anne beauty was built a few blocks north of Gonzaga University in Spokane’s Logan North Side neighborhood ~ probably at the turn of the last century when this style of architecture was extremely popular.
In the 1980s, this home was immaculately restored by Joe Doohan and his wife Mary who took it from a very badly damaged student rental to the “Carpenters’ Gothic” gem here. The two-story was given a complete face-lift ~ both inside and out.
The couple stripped paint, filled holes in the walls and cracks in the ceiling, refinished floors, replaced the electrical, painted endlessly ~ and even added a stamped tin roof to the kitchen which also included a small brewery.
I was so impressed by their final result that I painted this Halloween-themed portrait for them ~ complete with two-dozen pumpkins. The scene pictured Joe and Mary with their newly started family plus friendly neighborhood trick-or-treaters.
Highlight ~ This was the first of a number of home portraits I created for the family.
"THE OLD MAXWELL-PETTET PLACE" (THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2008 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This snowy scene portrayed the old Maxwell-Pettet place located on picturesque West Point Road. This sprawling North Side residence was reputed to be the oldest home in Spokane, according to community public records.
The original small cottage was built by the Pettet family who sold it a short time later to the Maxwells ~ which is how the home got its name. The Maxwells lived in this residence for several decades.
Eventually, the property was sold to the Powell family. Over the years, the original wood cottage was encased and added on to, resulting in this remarkably pretty rambling cottage in the woods on cliffs overlooking the Spokane River and old Fort George Wright.
Highlight ~ William Powell married Helen Campbell, the only daughter of Amasa and Grace who raised their daughter in the historic Tudor Revival Campbell House, part of the MAC (Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture).
"BING CROSBY'S CRAFTSMAN" (THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • JULY 2008 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Bing Crosby's craftsman was home to Hollywood’s most famous crooner Bing Crosby and one of Hollywood's most memorable actors during his years of growing up on Spokane’s North Side ~ although Harry L. Crosby was born in Tacoma, Washington.
Located adjacent to Gonzaga University campus, Crosby was a huge booster of the college during his lifetime and did a great deal for the university, including fundraising and donating the famous Crosby Library.
Although Bing never finished earning his degree at Gonzaga, in later years he was awarded a special honorary degree, an especially meaningful occasion for him.For many years, Crosby's craftsman served as the home for the Gonzaga Alumni Association, which later moved to the Huetter House across Boone Avenue from this house.
Highlight ~My father met Bing Crosby when the actor was in town and came to listen to the band my dad was playing in during his college years.
THE SPOKANE VALLEY ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, INCLUDING ARBOR CREST CELLLARS, AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN THESE NEIGHBORHOODS ~ FRUIT HILL ROAD, KOKOMO, MILLWOOD, NORTHWOOD, UNIVERSITY AND MORE
The Entire Spokane Valley Collection pdf ~ Click on the 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 17 images
The handsome, Florentine-style Cliff House was built to take advantage of the view of the Spokane Valley. It was designed and built by Royal Newton Riblet in 1924. An inventor and mechanical genius, Riblet’s estate was filled with marvels for its time like his garage with its mechanical door. He also installed a waterfall that recycled water back to the top of the falls and a life-size chess game on his grounds.
The property with its three-story mansion, basaltic rock out-buildings and marvelous gardens later became the headquarters of Arbor Crest Cellars (ArborCrest.com).
Highlight ~ When Royal Riblet was living there, the cement factory far below on the riverside spewed harmful dust into the air, deteriorating his mansion’s facade. He sued ~ and the attorneys who won the first ever case of its kind were associates James Winton and my father Joseph A. Simpson.
"GATHERING AT THE GATE HOUSE (ARBOR CREST)" (SPOKANE VALLEY, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2016 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This arched basaltic rock gatehouse on the campus of Arbor Crest Cellars (ArborCrest.com) has always been the signature welcoming structure leading to the handsome Florentine-style mansion known as the Cliff House ~ shown to the right side of the gatehouse. The estate was the home of Royal Riblet who built Cliff House in 1924.
The gatehouse was just one of several stone out-buildings on the property. Another was the structure where folks waited to board the tram that carried them down the hillside to the valley below. Riblet was a famous mechanical genius, best remembered for inventing the chair lift, which upgraded the experience of snow skiers everywhere.
Now the home of Arbor Crest Cellars, this piece portrayed the Art & Glass Fest, the much anticipated annual summer art event hosted on the grounds of the property.
Highlight ~ When I met the owner of the property in 2015, Harry Milke shared that the stone arch once served as the servants’ quarters.
"MILLWOOD COTTAGE ON MARGUERITE" (SPOKANE VALLEY, WA • PAINTED MAY 2013 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This Tudor-influenced Norman-Revival cottage was built in 1923 by Waldo Rosebush, general manager of the Inland Empire Paper Company. The paper company was Millwood’s largest employer for nearly a century.
Rosebush had spent time in France during World War I where he discovered the prototype for this finely detailed, beautifully crafted cottage in the Argonne Forest. He purchased the architectural plans from the French owner and built his home a short distance from the main thoroughfare through Millwood, aptly named Argonne.
In 1936, Rosebush left the mill to work with the army in Alaska and the Pacific, ultimately retiring to Appleton, Wisconsin. However, he loved his charming cottage so much that he kept it as his official residence ~ returning annually to visit friends and vote in Spokane’s local elections until he passed away in 1961.
Highlight ~ This cottage was built in a tiny pocket of historic homes just off Argonne a few blocks from the paper mill in Millwodl. It was probably the most noteworthy residence in the Spokane Valley other than Royal Riblet's Cliff House at Arbor Crest (pictured above in this section).
"FINE FALL FINISH" (SPOKANE VALLEY & THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2010 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 11x14-INCH)
I finished this “neighborhood” painting as a special thank-you gift for our contractors who encountered one overwhelming problem after another (and solved them) in our six-week renovation, which grew into a six-month project. I was able to select digitally each of their homes and make cards as well as presenting them with framed prints when the job was finished.
WARD HOUSE ~ This was our home as it looked after its ambitious renovation. I pictured Doug and me to the left with picnic fare.
LANCE & BETH ELLIOT HOUSE ~ Lance and Beth were shown seated with their little Yorkie. When I completed the artwork, Lance was still recovering from a bad fall sustained in the middle of our job.
CHRIS & RICK GARRETT HOUSE ~ Pictured just to the left of us were Chris and her husband Rick Garrett (Rick installed our new gutters and recommended his wife and Lance for our remodeling project). Their two golden retrievers flanked the couple in this scene.
GREATER INLAND NORTHWEST AND NORTH IDAHO ~ PRETTY PUBLIC PLACES, SMALL BUSINESSES, W.S.U., AND "HOME SWEET HOMES" IN LATAH CREEK VALLEY , PEND O'REILlLE RIVER, NEWMAN LAKE, AND IDAHO'S COEUR D'ALENE, HAYDEN, SANDPOINT, AND MORE
The Entire Greater Inland NW/North Idaho Collection pdf ~ Click on the 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 19 paintings.
"SEPTEMBER CELEBRATION AT SETTLERS CREEK" (COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO • DECEMBER 2018 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)
I painted this portrait of the rural special event destination that my niece Kelly and her fiancé David chose for their early September wedding.
Located just a short drive west of downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the sprawling hillside farm had a picturesque hilltop gazebo, large barn and several other out-buildings including this charming little cottage surrounded by several willow trees. The couple’s ceremony took place beneath the prettiest one.
Hors d’oeuvres and wedding toasts looked out over the pastoral scene from a hilltop gazebo and a grassy plateau served as the dining room for their formal al-fresco dinner.
Pictured in this piece were newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. David Barker with beautiful bride Kelly’s new lovely step-daughters Danielle and Sophia ~ darling in their sweet periwinkle blue wedding frocks.
Highlight ~ Mother Nature cooperated beautifully for the celebration without one drop of rain!
OREVER AT THE DELTA DELTA DELTA HOUSE" (WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY, PULLMAN, WASHINGTON • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2002 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The National Chapter of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority began at Boston University in Massachusetts on the eve of Thanksgiving in 1888.
On December 14th, 1918 Delta Delta Delta opened its doors at Washington State University (WSU.edu) in Pullman, Washington to become one of the prettiest, most popular houses in the Greek system at that university.
Allison Orrico, a student there (and daughter of good friends, the Mark and Janis Orrico), suggested the handsome three-story Colonial mansion as a subject to honor with a portrait.
The result was this painting celebrating Spring, sisterhood, lifelong friendships and graduation from W.S.U.
Highlight ~ The painting I completed pictured many of Allison’s sorority sisters in the foreground in front of their beautiful Delta Delta Delta House, honoring their four years of sisterhood together.
"MAPLE TREE FARM" (HANGMAN VALLEY • DECEMBER 2018 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
The Arpin Family (L-R Lori and Greg with daughters Sarah and Megan) pictured in this home portrait, founded their beloved home in Hangman Valley in 1992. Architect McKie Wing Roth (Maine) and builder Gene Plett created this authentic reproduction of an 18th Century New England farm where the family lived for 28 years.
Joining them was Golden Retriever Grace, kitties Milly and Lilly, and a flock of buff-colored hens ruled by rooster Bob Dylan. A farm indeed, the Arpins planted maple (thus the name), oak and spruce trees, a small crop of alfalfa, a vineyard, an apple orchard and a truly lovely enclosed garden of raised beds with a greenhouse in the center.
Additionally, the farm had a little red barn, a swimming pool and pump house with special touches like a black school bell (Lori was a teacher at Cataldo Catholic School for decades), a cannon, weather vanes, birdhouses and toile curtains that dressed the windows of this remarkable home.
With newlyweds Sarah and Megan married and starting their families ~ and retirement a new chapter for the couple, it was time to downsize to a smaller cottage near Cannon Hill Park.
Highlight ~ To honor their wonderful life in Hangman Valley, Lori commissioned this memory-filled portrait of their beloved Maple Tree Farm.
"RICH & LINDA'S LAKESIDE LODGE" (PRIEST LAKE, ID • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 1998 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
When my parents downsized from their mid-century modern in the Spokane Valley suburbs, they chose a view condominium at Mountain View Estates above Millwood on Argonne Lane.
Their next door neighbor was a friendly high school teacher named Rich who was approaching retirement from a Spokane Valley high school.
When that day finally arrived, Rich sold his condominium and moved to a scenic spot on Priest Lake to share life with his longtime love Linda.
They married and together built a large new log home to replace the small one-room cottage that had served as their Summer placce on the lake’s shoreline. Decades old and riddled with dry rot, the cabin had become uninhabitable and downright dangerous, so it was slated for demolition.
To surprise his bride, Rich took several photos of the place before it was torn down and commissioned this portrait. I pictured the newlyweds on the front deck overlooking a brilliant Autumn scene dotted with wildlife.
ENJOY AUTUMN IN THE INLAND NORTHWEST ~ AND STAY SAFE!
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