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The 1899 House was built and first occupied by the family of the tenth Mayor of Spokane, Edward Powell, and his wife Dora.   This is the only full frontal photograph we have found of the house that year, still awaiting its sidewalk installation.  A school was later built next door, requiring a 20 foot fence to be erected to protect against itinerant baseballs.When the house was purchased by Louie Flores in 2002, it had been through several evolutions.  It had been converted to five apartments in the 1950's.  Mr. Flores has restored this restrained Queen Ann-styled, historic home to its original single family dwelling status.
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Private room in bed and breakfast
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 private bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 private bath

The space

Located in one of the country's top ten neighborhoods, Spokane's Browne's Addition, this 1899 "restrained" Queen Ann Victorian has been lovingly restored. The Dora Bruce Powell Room is a second-floor, quaint, large in-bath suite, with antique queen bed nested in a lighted alcove. The room offers a distant view of Downtown Spokane's city lights that can also be enjoyed from your Jacuzzi tub, overlooking a garden. Wing-backed chairs provide comfort while reading books from the convenient barrister bookcase, or viewing in-room movies, and rents for $119/night.
The Rigby Suite, opened in fall 2013, is a larger suite, with 7' rain and jetted shower, wet bar, closet, and optional sleeping couch, so can accommodate three guests. It rents for $129/night.
Wi-Fi is provided for guest use throughout the home, and each room has an HDTV with DVD player. Continental breakfast is available and included in the rooms' pricing, with coffee/tea bar, refrigerator, video library, and a common room open 24 hours a day, just down the hall. After check-in, guests may use the private entry and will be given its combination for after-hours, and an in-room safe available for all guests who request it. Feel free to ask for our cozy flannel sheets, when visiting us in winter!
While staying at the 1899 House, guests can have as much privacy or interaction with their hosts as desired. This home is within walking distance to downtown to the east (1 mile from Riverpark Square), and Browne's Addition's historic Cannon Circle restaurants, pub, pizzeria, and Tully's, to the west (3 blocks); only a few short blocks' walk from Artfest and Elkfest in spring, Coeur d'Alene Park's gazebo concerts in summer, and the Museum of Arts and Culture, and rests in the midst of countless admirable views for the jogger or cyclist (Centennial Trail, Overlook Park). Both the Susan B. Komen and Bloomsday races go right by the house.

City transit bus is one block from the home, and if you are coming to Spokane for medical reasons, or for support for a loved one, it is located approximately one mile from Spokane's "hospital hill" Deaconess and Sacred Heart hospitals. If you are considering a sabbatical, conference, graduation, or other education-related visit, 1899 House is only two miles west of Gonzaga University, US/WSU Spokane; four miles south of Spokane Falls CC/Mukogawa Center, and nine miles south of Whitworth University. Spokane International Airport is a ten-minute drive, and Fairchild Air Force Base lies a twenty-minute drive north.


Hair dryer
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House Rules

Not safe or suitable for infants (under 2 years) and pets
No smoking, parties, or events
Check-in is anytime after 3PM and check out by 12PM (noon)


17 Reviews

Amy User Profile
August 2018
Great location, great breakfast, friendly. Gillian was very accommodating and great tips about Spokane. Bed was comfortable. A couple neighborhood bars/restaurants a couple blocks away.
Melinda User Profile
August 2018
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Greg & Cheri User Profile
Greg & Cheri
August 2018
Gillian operates an absolutely wonderful Airbnb out of her historic Victorian mansion in Spokane. The house is very charming inside and out, and she also operates the facility as a traditional Bed & Breakfast so a morning meal is included with your stay. She has a very engaging …
Dane User Profile
April 2018
Staying at Gillian’s B&B was a phenomenal experience! She was an amazing host and helped point us to all the areas of interest in Spokane. Also, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a nicer home with better amenities. We highly recommend this Airbnb to anyone in this area!
Suzanne User Profile
August 2017
Gillian was very gracious and helpful. She even made dinner reservations for us at a local hot spot. Her home is lovely and comfortable. We appreciated her accommodation of our dietary restriction and enjoyed a tasty breakfast. She even provided a heathy snack for our drive home…
Lenny User Profile
July 2017
Lovely period house decorated with period furniture. Amazing woodwork and collections. Gillian is a wealth of information about the area, the house and lots of history. Charming area outside as well. We were there when weather was very hot but side yard was very nice with shade …
Rebecca User Profile
March 2017
I was traveling with my 10 year old daughter. I felt completely safe having her there (that was my first priority choosing a place to stay)! Gillian and Louis were completely welcoming and a wealth of information. I would stay again in a heartbeat!!

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Spokane, Washington, United StatesJoined in December 2012
Gillian User Profile
23 Reviews
I am a former Department of Defense junior, and former Navy spouse, retired in 2008 from a career in community college education and mental health counseling and crisis response work. I have interest in community mediation and photography, and have a variety of hobbies with litt…
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