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C. Harvey Smith


The History of the City of Spokane and Spokane County, Washington – Vol 3. Clarke Publishing, 1912, pg 103-04

"Buildig to cost $22,000" The Spokesman Review, May 18, 1905.

"New Home of A.M. Brandt" Spokane Daily Chronicle, October 13, 1905.

"Stanton's Fine Home" Spokane Daily Chronicle, October 20, 1905.

"One More Hotel is to be Built at Once" Spokane Daily Chronicle, January 13, 1906.

"Three Story Brick Upon Post Street" Spokane Daily Chronicle, March17, 1906.

"Will BUild Fine Home" Spokane Daily Chronicle, March 19, 1906.

"Brick Residence in Manito Park" Spokane Daily Chronicle, March 19, 1906.

"Will Build Residence" Spokane Chroncile, April 25, 1906.

"Deals in Real Estate" Spokane Daily Chronicle, July 24 1906.

"Build on Adams Street" Spokane Daily Chronicle, Sept 20, 1906.

"Home for Furniture Co." Spokesman Review, March 20, 1907.

"Statley Colonial Home on Mission" Spokesman Review, July 19, 1908.

"Bid on Courthouse" Spokane Chronicle, Feb 27, 1909.

"Back from Twin Falls" Spokane Chronicle, Oct 1, 1909.

"Drumheller Site Sells for $50,000" Spokesman Review, Feb 8, 1910.

Architects Advertisement - Spokane Daily Chronicle, Feb 11, 1910.

"Begining of $70,000 Wall Street Building" Spokesman Review, April 3, 1910.

"Modern Building on Landmark Site" Spokesman Review, April 3, 1910.

"New Home to be Built West of Hangman Creek" Spokesman Review, April 17, 1910.

"Local Man Gets Work at Chewelah" Spokane Chronicle, Aug 11, 1910.

"Three-Story Building on Second Avenue to be Completed This Fall" Spokane Chronicle, Aug 23, 1910.

"Many Rooms Added at the St. Helens" Spokane Chronicle, Aug 23, 1910.

"To Build Home in Rockwood Addition" Spokane Chronicle, Aug 29, 1910.

"Martin to Build Chewelah School" Spokane Chronicle, Sept 10, 1910.

"Rushing Work on Collins Building" Spokane Chronicle, Sept 10, 1910.

"Local Architects Form New Society" Spokesman Review, Sept 17, 1910.

"Builds Home in Rockwood" Spokesman Review, Sept 24, 1910.

"Well-Known Engineer Will Buiold Attractive Home on Sharp Avenue" Spokane Chronicle, Oct 14, 1910.

"Pays $12,000 for County Home" Spokesman Review, Dec 18, 1910.

"Collins Block Nearly Finished" Spokane Chronicle, Dec 27, 1910.

"John A. Fuelner Will Build $75,000 Colonial Apartment With Fancy Roof Garden" Spokesman Review, Feb 19 1911.

"Architect Smith is Receiving Bids" Spokane Chronicle, May 1 1911.

"Apartment Which Rufus Merriam Will Build to Cost $100,000" Spokesman Review, July 9, 1911.

"Merrian Plans Big Apartment" Spokesman Review, July 9 1911.

"C. Harvey Smith reports that the plans for the new town hall....." Spokesman Review, March 28, 1912.

"Bids Wanted" Spokane Chronicle, March 25 1912.

"Washington - Warehouse - Spokane. Architect C. Harvey Smith prepared.." Pacific Coast Architect, Aug 1912.

"Awards Contact to John Forrest" Spokane Chronicle, Dec 16 1912.

"Double Clayman's Space" Spokesman Review, April 27, 1913.

"Second Avenue Hotel; $25,000." Spokesman Review, May 4, 1913.

"Lillienthal Comes To Court" Spokesman Review, May 8, 1914.

"Will Open Clubhouse" Spokesman Review, June 21, 1914.

"Your Friends Wish You Happy Returns" Spokane Chronicle, May 6, 1915.

"Alan Arena Soon Ready for Battle" Spokesman Review, June 23, 1921.

"Hold Harvey Smith reFuneral Today" Spokesman Review, May 16, 1942.

Spokane architect Charles Harvey Smith was born in Ottawa, Kansas on May 7, 1868 and was raised in Bethany, Illinois. After graduating from high school, he worked briefly for his father, Hugh A. Smith, a building contractor.  Reportedly Smith moved to Spokane in 1888 at the age of twenty and is was initially listed as a carpenter in local Polk Directories. Beginning in 1903 he billed himself as a architect and formed a partnership with architect W.W. Hyslop. By 1905, Smith left Hyslop and formed a new partnership with architect James S. Arnot.  In 1907 he started an independent practice which lasted until his retirement in 1942. 

Advertisement - Spokesman Review: April 10, 1910.While Smith’s formal architectural training (if any) is unknown, he served as an architect for nearly 50 years, reportedly designing hundreds of residences, schoolhouses, businesses, and governmental buildings across the Inland Northwest.  Some reports state he designed between 500 and 600 buildings.

His known designs are limited, and in Spokane include his own home (1518 E 13th Street, 1904); the Nora Scheuneman House (1906); the George Saunders House (1907); the John Mink House (1907); the E.H. Stanton House (1905); the McLeod-Cohen House (1910); the Reece Hansen House (1911); the Lindsley-Larsen House (1914); the Gordon House (1923); and Dr. Harvey House (1939).  Smith also designed the Mission Revival style Opportunity Township Hall (1912); the Eagles Building; the Stanton Block; and the Foulner Apartments.  Outside of the city his projects included Chewelah High School (1911) and Mullen Idaho High School; the Twin Falls County Courthouse (1911) in southern Idaho; a business block in Los Molinos, CA for the Los Molinos Land Co (1907); and a Post Office and High School in Post Falls.

Smith passed away in Spokane at the age of seventy-four on May 13, 1942. He is buried at the Greenwood Memorial Terrace Cemetery.

By Michael Houser, State Architectural Historian - Oct. 2011