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The dining room offers expansive views of the yard. A neutral glasscloth-type mate- rial covers its walls, providing subtle texture. Furnishings include a clean-lined wood table and chairs and a beautiful buffet that anchors one end of the room.


The period between 1947 and 1974


marks a sustained burst of architectural development for the city of Spokane. A handful of talented and extremely promising modern architects chose Spokane as home, creating designs that garnered a never-repeated level of national recognition. “It was just a group of like-minded people happening to be in the same place at the same time and kind of feeding off of each other’s talent, and sparking a higher level of achievement as they interacted with each other,” says Glenn Davis,


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a local architect and AIA member. Davis has devoted considerable time to researching the prolific and award- winning careers of two of that period’s architecture firms, Walker & McGough, and McClure & Adkison, as well as their contemporaries. Davis shared his thoughts on their illustrious careers and the work that changed our city.


The names that shaped our city in the last mid-century From a design standpoint, Davis credits Royal McClure, Bruce Walker,


Ken Brooks and Bill Trogdon as the period’s most notable architects. McClure, Walker and Trogdon earned their graduate degrees at the Harvard Graduate School of Design under Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, who is regarded as one of the early masters of modern architecture. Bruce Walker was a Spokane native and graduate of North Central High School; McClure and Trogdon were from Seattle. Any of them, says Davis, had a talent level


that could easily have placed them at prestigious firms “in L.A. or


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