Knickerbocker Apartments

The Knickerbocker is a luxury apartment complex. It was built in 1911 with mine owners and other wealthy businessmen in mind. Graham E. Dennis, who built the building, lived in one of the apartments until he sold the Knickerbocker in 1924 to Malcolm McInness in return for wheat land in Whitman County.

The Knickerbocker was designed by Albert Held, a prominent architect at that time. The Knickerbocker was Held's last apartment building that he designed after the Amman and San Marco in 1904 and the Breslin in 1910. The Knickerbocker was his most elaborate apartment. The building cost $200,000.00 to build in 1911, roughly $4.5 million today.

The Knickerbocker is very much an Albert Held apartment building, focusing on the terra cotta styling of the exterior that contrasts with the brick exterior of the building. The portico complete with columns is a highlight of many Held apartments. Held also included bay windows on the Knickerbocker, a unique feature not found on any of his other apartments. The Knickerbocker was built in a 'H' design which provided the building a courtyard in the rear empty space of the H, which was enclosed with a brick wall.

The interior of the Knickerbocker was as ornate as the exterior, featuring hardwood floors, large hallways and specially made light fixtures. The reception room had mahogany furniture and trim, along with a cut glass chandelier. In the basement there was a billiards table, library and buffet for the tenants and their guests.

The Knickerbocker is still an apartment complex, renting rooms to Spokane residents. The Knickerbocker was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.



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