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Early in Spokane’s history as a city, an area then called
“The Hill” developed simultaneously with Browne’s Addition (named for the early
Spokane settler, John J. Browne). “The
Hill” was on the south side of the city below the Manito plateau, roughly
between Stevens and Monroe. As the
people and the wealth from the mines poured into Spokane, mansions began
appearing in this area. In 1896, F.
Lewis Clark, owner of the C&C Flour Mill in downtown Spokane, built a
mansion at 701 West Seventh Avenue, and the following year, Daniel C. Corbin
and his son, Austin Corbin II, began construction of two colonial homes on
Seventh Avenue. Austin’s home at the end
of Post Street, the more palatial of the two, cost $33,000. Daniel Corbin’s home at the end of Stevens
Street originally cost $17,000. The cost
figures all appeared in “The Chronicle”
on January 6, 1899. Other mansions
followed as Spokane basked in its “Age of Elegance”, and by the year 1900, the
city of Spokane was bursting with expansion.
Hundreds of city lots were surveyed, platted and awaited buyers. In 1903, the Spokesman-Review boasted, “Spokane has 7 millionaires.” A new upscale neighborhood was taking shape
and expanding in a residential area around what is now Manito Park.