SPOKANE, Wash. - The Masonic Center opened it's doors in 1905. In fact, President Theodore Roosevelt was there for the groundbreaking. Now, 107 years later, the historic building is up for sale.
In an area where history means everything, there is change come to Riverside Avenue.
"It's the story of that all those buildings together tell. Their alignment along what really was a civic center for Spokane in its heyday," City / County Historic Preservation Officer Kristen Griffen said.Masonic center for sale
The Masonic Center is a part of the Riverside Historic District and has been a neighbor to the Spokane Club for more than 100 years.
"We sure have enjoyed being in this location and having neighbors that value that tradition and value that purpose," John Pilcher, CEO of the Spokane Club, said.
Now, in-between the festive holiday ribbons, something else catches the eye -- a for sale sign. Fraternity membership is going down, and the building is just too big.
The building has been on the market for a month and a half. The asking price is $1.75 Million.
"The history is critical here. If you look at the Masonic Temple it has a real stately feel to it," Pilcher said.
It's listed as a historical building both national and locally. It means at a city level the owners are in a management agreement to protect the interior and exterior of the building. The same goes for whoever buys it.
"The owner of the building and a new owner would acquire that contract along with the building (and) would agree to work with the landmarks commission and to follow certain standards if they do need to make changes to the building," Griffen said.
Those who have come to love it hope the building's character will stay just the way it is.
"It's definitely one of Spokane's most loved and important landmarks," Griffen said.
The Masonic Center would not respond to calls for comment on this story, saying the person designated to talk about the building sale is out of town.