WEDNESDAY EVENING SPECIAL EVENTS
Historical Steam Plant
This is an exclusive tour of the historical steam plant while it is undergoing renovation. The steam plant has generously offered to open its doors and let our members tour this historical site.
Built in 1915 by Merchants Central Heating Company, then purchased by Washington Water Power in 1919 (now AVISTA), this design was created by one of Spokane’s most famous architects, Kirtland Cutter. The steam plant provided heat fueled by coal for all of the downtown core and lower south hill. The steam plant was designed for twelve 500 horse-powered coal-fired boilers, fed from a 1,200-ton coal bunker mounted high above the floor. The plant produced approximately 370,000 pounds of steam per hour. In 1986 the final whistle blew and the steam plant was closed. After 10 years of sitting vacant, the plant partnered with well-known historical architects Ron and Julie Wells, who brought the experience of making the steam plant offices and restaurant and brewery, along with keeping all the original equipment in the same locations as it was when it was working. The plant is now over 100 years old and on the National, State, and Local Historical Registers.
The tour will include all access including boilers, commons, event center, and kitchen.
Included: One drink
Distance: 15-minute walk each way to steam plant located at 159 S Lincoln St, Spokane
Bus: A small bus will be provided for those who are not able to walk. The bus departs the Davenport Grand at 6:45pm; returns 9:00pm
Suggested Gear: Comfortable clothing, walking shoes
Maximum Number of Participants: 40
Minimum Number of Participants: 25