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Stop the Demolition of the Jensen-Byrd Warehouse Building
  • Petitioned Spokane Preservation Advocates (SPA)

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Spokane Preservation Advocates (SPA)

Stop the Demolition of the Jensen-Byrd Warehouse Building

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      Spokane, WA

Please help support SPA in urging Washington State University (WSU) in considering options for renovating and reusing the historic Jensen-Byrd warehouse building, the largest landmark building in Spokane's University District and one of the largest historic warehouses in Spokane.

On December 13, 2011, WSU approved sale of the building to Austin, Texas-based Campus Advantage for the purpose of demolishing it and building new housing on the site, even though there is ample vacant land within the district that would make wonderful sites for new construction.

The building has been determined National (and local) Register of Historic Places eligible for its architectural significance, as a landmark warehouse and an example of the work of local architect Albert Held, as well as for its historical significance representing Spokane's history that is so intimately tied to early railroad commerce.

Historic Preservation is a sustainable, “green” building practice that creates jobs and injects money back into the local economy, while demolition sends high-quality materials to the dump and wastes the embedded energy of the original construction and spends money on transporting in new, lower quality materials.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Kathryn Fuller SPOKANE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      The Jensen-Byrd Building is part of Spokane's rich history. Please save this building!

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    • Nina Caruso DANIELSON, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      Embodied Energy. The University should take advantage of a wonderful resource, that is part of the community's history. I am also signing, because I plan on attending the conference in October, and have stayed in Spokane on a cross-country trip a few years ago. It would be a pity to see an empty lot where a sound building once stood. A

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      • over 2 years ago

      My father worked for Marshal-Wells from 1949 until 1957! Then Seth Marshal sold out to Jensen-Byrd and my Dad worked for them from 1959 until 1962.

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      • over 2 years ago

      We need to preserve historic Spokane. There is no need to destroy this sight!

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    • Karen Fournier SPOKANE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a real estate investor and RESTORE buildings, not remodel, and not tear down. We have such rich history here, and I believe to maintain our cities richness we need to keep our history. Also isn't there someone local, or all of us put together that can make this happen, and not always someone from outside who doesn't appreciate what we have here or even have the sense of what Spokane is.

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