Spokane’s Historic Steam Plant

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Another great place to see in Spokane (and bring out-of-towners) is Spokane’s historic steam plant. It originally heated the city. It’s now a restaurant with offices in the upper levels, but the great thing is that during renovations, they kept a lot of the old features of the original steam plant.  This place is amazing on the inside.I have some photos below, but they just don’t do justice.

 People are welcome to stop in just to have a look around this historic gem without ordering, stay for dinner, or just have drinks.  The restaurant was called “The Steam Plant Grill”, but has recently changed to “Stacks.”   The menu reflects what looks like some amazing and high end dishes; I hate to report, the cook often falls short, which is a huge bummer.  This place should have the best chef in the city.  Our family still likes to dine there on occasion though.  You can’t beat the ambiance, they have a great cesar salad, and a cheese bread to die for on the appetizer menu.  We’ve learned if we stick with those dishes, we won’t be disappointed.Large parties can reserve special secluded seating in one of two original boilers or a larger section near the stacks.
 
This is an excerpt from one of the websites on it’s history:

In 1915, twenty-five years after the Seehorn-Lang building’s completion, the Merchants Central Heating Company began to build the Central Steam Plant. In 1916, the steam plant was sold to Spokane, Heat, Light and Power Company. Almost immediately, however, the company suffered large operating losses and was placed in receivership within 2 years.

In April, 1919, Washington Water Power (WWP) purchased the steam plant, from receivership, to produce steam heat and electrical power. Soon thereafter WWP formed Spokane Central Heating Company. Spokane Central Heating Company operated it independently until 1939 when it became part of the WWP Spokane Division. WWP is now recognized as Avista Corp.

The steam heat produced from the plant served downtown Spokane until 1986. During its operation, fuels such as coal, oil, natural gas …