A PIECE OF SPOKANE HISTORY IS ABOUT TO GET A MASSIVE
THE MASONIC CENTER ON RIVERSIDE WAS SOLD LAST FALL,
CHANGING OWNERSHIP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN
TONIGHT, KXLY4'S KYLEE CRUZ IS WORKING FOR YOU.
WITH A LOOK AT WHAT'S BEING DONE TO BRING THE BUILDING
BACK TO LIFE.
SINCE THE EARLY 1900'S -- THE MASONIC CENTER HAS BEEN
A SPOKANE LANDMARK -- BUILT IN AN AREA WHERE HISTORY
i thought the building was a spectacular building,
very grand historic building
BUT CHANGE IS COMING.
THE MASONIC CENTER NOW HAS A NEW NAME.
RIVERSIDE PLACE, AND NEW OWNERS.
GREG AND LUISTIA FRANCIS NEWELL.
after quite a few discussions, we decided to take
IT'S A CENTURY OLD BUILDING WITH INTRICATE DETAIL
FOUND ON ALL SIX FLOORS -- LIKE THIS GRAND STAIRCASE
AND THIS PARLOR -- NAMED AFTER TEDDY ROOSEVELT WHO
WAS HERE FOR THE GROUNDBREAKING.
THERE IS CHARACTER IN EVERY CORNER, AND - THE NEWELL'S
DON'T WANT TO TAKE THAT AWAY.
it's about repurposing the building, not tearing it
down or changing the uniqueness of it
WHILE THEY DON'T KNOW WHEN THE RENOVATIONS WILL BE
DONE, THEY DO KNOW WHAT THEY WANT THIS PLACE TO LOOK
A SPACE NOT JUST FOR SPECIAL EVENTS.
THIS ROOM WILL BE TURNED INTO A BAR.
IN FACT, THE NEWELL'S HOPE TO OPEN ANOTHER BAR, TWO
RESTAURANTS, TWO LOUNGES AND A CAFE.
ALL UNDER ONE ROOF.
you go to a lot of cities and you see very grand buildings,
maybe they are government buildings, but they are
basically something you drive by or walk by, and say
oh wow there are some big columns there but in this
case, we actually want to have it as a building people
walk right in, have a drink, have a couple of coffee
and appreciate the architecture in here
THIS IS WHAT THEY HOPE THE OUTSIDE WILL LOOK LIKE
- WITH A ROOFTOP BAR OVERLOOKING THE SPOKANE RIVER,
A BALCONY FOR PEOPLE TO USE AND - SEATING OUT FRONT.
i think having those other opportunities for having
the community to be able to enjoy this building and
i also think his area is one of the prettiest areas
A MAJOR REVIVAL IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN ON RIVERSIDE.
AS THIS STATELY PIECE OF SPOKANE HISTORY - BEGINS
A NEW CHAPTER WITH NEW OWNERS AND A NEW VISION.
the project is expected to be several phases with
the creation of the bars and restaurants happening