Historic Hutton Building gets a facelift

STCU holding open house Thursday

Historic Hutton Building gets a facelift

SPOKANE, Wash. - The historic Hutton Building at the intersection of Washington and Sprague in downtown Spokane is getting a makeover and two businesses in the building now have a chance to expand.

Spokane Teachers Credit Union just opened a branch in the building last month, but that's not the only change coming for the building. Sweet Frostings is making room for more cupcakes. The business just signed a lease last Friday to expand store by 1,300 square feet.

"Knock out that wall and go into the space next door which will give us a party room and a conference room and it will allow us to extend the kitchen. Then we will add espresso and redesign this front area," Judy Beebe said.

Loyal customers won't have to wait long as Beebe said it will only take two months.

"Hopefully when this is all done, it will be cuter than what it is now," Beebe said.

STCU owns the 107-year-old building but Wells and Company takes care of the leasing. Their plans is to sell the second, third, fourth and fifth floor as business condos with STCU will use the sixth and seventh floors.

"We're currently starting the beginnings of the renovation of the seventh floor which will house our commercial lending department and our boardroom for our volunteer board of directors," Traci McGlathery with STCU said.

Some of the renovations can already be seen; for example crown moldings were uncovered when contractors went into the dropped ceiling to adjust the fire alarm. STCU decided to tear the ceiling down and restore the moldings.

"This is a historic gem in the downtown marketplace. For us to go through the process of doing the renovation and for Ron Wells and company to uncover things such as the crown molding and other items that they are preserving ... has been important to STCU," McGlathery said.

STCU will hold an open house Thursday, complete with ribbon cutting ceremony and some treats courtesy of their neighbors at Sweet Frostings.