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Photographer's Note

This photo is during shift change for Spokane firefighters, They were fighting a 3 alarm fire at Dorian Studio at a old historic building it started in the basement were the equipment and chemicals were kept. They kept in check for 3 hours before the flames broke threw the floor. This also was taken 10 minutes after a flash over, the building was a total lost.

I re posted this photo went edit and accidentally deleted it.

The Joel Building that burned Thursday morning in downtown Spokane was one of the "contributing buildings" in city's East Downtown Historic District.

The three-story building at Post and 2nd Ave. was built in 1899 for Boothe-Powell Co., a wholesale grocer founded three years earlier in 1896. Cutter and Malmgreen, a celebrated architectural firm in Spokane, designed the building that cost $8,000 to build, according to documents at the Historic Preservation Office.

Those documents also note the building is a "rare surviving example of Cutter & Malmgreen's warehouse architecture".

The building remained under the ownership of Boothe-Powell Co. (which eventually split and became Power-Sanders and McClintock-Trunkey) until 1906. Seattle Brewing company occupied the building briefly. Beardmore Transfer Co. moved in in 1910, followed by The Arnold-Evans Co. and then E. S. Matthews Electro-Kold Corp., a company that reportedly preceded General Electric in making domestic refrigerators.

Joel, Inc, a gift store of the Joel E. Ferris fame, moved into the building in the 1960s.

Dorian Studios has occupied the space since at least 1971.

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