The Hutton Building was designated a historic landmark in Spokane and was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, as well as a contributing historic resource in the East Downtown Spokane National Register Historic District in 2003.
The building was originally built as a four-story block. Since it was built on an oversized foundation, three more stories were able to be added in 1910, bringing the total height to seven stories. The additions were made by removing the original cornice and window arches on the top story. Once the new stories were added, the original cornice and window arches were placed on the top of the new sixth floor, and a seventh floor was added with a new, smaller cornice. The interior of the building houses a total 88,980 square feet of finished space. The Huttons spared no expense on the building and this proved to be true when project costs and construction for the building exceeded a reported $300,000.
Although the Hutton Building has been remodeled several times from 1910 to 2008, it continues to retain excellent exterior integrity in original location and association as a commercial office building built in the early 1900s in Spokane, and good to excellent integrity in original exterior design, materials, and workmanship.
In the early 1950’s the elevators and lobby were remodeled, though most of the lobby detailing was covered up rather than removed. Around this time, the original steel, glass, and glass block store fronts were replaced with aluminum, glass, and green tile. In 1979 a new boiler was installed and the building was removed from the now-defunct central steam system in downtown Spokane. The Huttons’ original apartment on the fourth floor is now office space, but many of the original features (such as the ornate fireplace) remain.
Recent Building Renovations
The overall purpose for the recent restoration is to enhance the appeal and functionality of the Hutton Building. A successful project is one that respects the unique historic character, complies with the standards for historic rehabilitation, and creates useable and inviting spaces for tenants and future owners.
The project began by upgrading and unifying the building’s common areas. Wells and Company started with the entry foyer and undertook a distinctive and historic compatible renovation that incorporates style, flexibility, and durability. The design components are unified, including the flooring, wall finishes, trim and detailing, ornamentation, signage, furnishings and lighting to create a rich and integrated entry to the Hutton Building.
A new entry storefront and main door will be inset to the original, more sheltered location. The renovated foyer will be a dramatic space fitting its historic context. The entry becomes a connecting space, with the historic stairway leading upward. The foyer also opens to showcase the grand lobby created to be a lively public space connecting with the new STCU branch. A unified interior design theme featuring exquisite tile work, furnishings and lighting will transition visitors to the rest of the building.
The elevators will be completely refinished in keeping with the lobby experience. The elevator operating equipment will be state-of-the-art.
In concert with the aesthetic improvements, the building’s systems will be comprehensively upgraded to meet the standards for a high performance office space. Each floor will have the benefit of high efficiency heating, air conditioning and lighting found in ‘green’ buildings. Each floor will also have a fresh look that works with the flexibility and demands of a high performance business environment. Wells and Company has demonstrated that historic buildings with tall floors are a great fit with interconnected high tech business.