Friday, May 15, 2009

Browne's Addition Tour - Patsy Clark Mansion

This fabulous Italianate is the Patsy Clark Mansion built in 1897 and designed by Kirtland Cutter to be the "most luxurious mansion ever" after a directive from the owner. It is a true tour de force. Quoting from the Spokane Historic Preservation Office website:

Cutter traveled around the world, collecting materials and furnishings for the house. The exterior sepia sandstone is from Italy, the brick was made in St. Louis, Missouri, and stained-glass windows were made by Louis Comfort Tiffany in New York City. Patsy Clark lived in the mansion until his death in 1915; his wife Mary remained in the house until 1926. Eugene Enloe, an investor, purchased the house and later sold it by 1950. The house served as the Francis Lester Inn, a restaurant and event house until 1982. It was then restored as Patsy Clark's Restaurant. Spokane architect Dennis Young was commissioned to design the project, at a reported cost of $233,000. In 1995, Chuck Quinn sold Patsy’s to a group of Spokane businessmen, and, within a year, one of the group members, Steven Senescall, bought out his partners and become sole owner. Mark and Monty Danner, also owners of the Clark House at Hayden Lake, Idaho, purchased the restaurant in November 1999. The restaurant ceased operations in 2001 and the building was purchased by the law firm of Eyman, Allison,Fennessy, Hunter, and Jones in February 2003 who are restoring it to former glory."

I remember when it was a restaurant, and I think my husband and I even blew the budget to eat there once - a very long time ago! I have to agree that the law firm is being a good steward. Enjoy the many fine details of this building (click on any pic for a larger view). Perhaps some of them will make their way into your next quilt. I know they have my mind cranking away.

Even the side/back of the building is impressive with its large carriage house.

When I looked more closely, I could see this connecting "bridge" leading from the second floor of the carriage house directly into the main house. So often carriage houses were far removed from the main house.

Across from the Mansion is Coeur d'Alene Park where this lovely Russian influenced gazebo resides.

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