National Trust for Historic Preservation Urges Saving Spokane’s Jensen-Byrd Building from Demolition

The historic Jensen-Byrd building, a six-story, 102-year old warehouse at the junction of the Downtown Business District and the University District in Spokane, Wash. faces the threat of imminent demolition. The following is a statement by David J. Brown, chief preservation officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation:

“On behalf of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the thousands of preservationists expected to converge on Spokane in October for our annual conference, we are saddened to hear one of this city’s historic landmarks is under threat of demolition. Spokane has an admirable track record of caring for its historic fabric and we look forward to exploring many of these places during the conference.

“The Jensen-Byrd building represents another excellent opportunity to build Spokane’s future around its irreplaceable historic resources. Building reuse, and in this case the potential for student housing at Washington State University, offers a host of important benefits such as job-creation and environmental savings, but most of all it provides the Spokane community a strong sense of place. When we arrive in October, we certainly hope to see that the Jensen-Byrd building is still part of Spokane’s historic landscape and that it remains so for decades to come.”



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