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Franklin Manz

1888 - 1962

Spokane architect Franklin Manz was born on Feb 22, 1888 in Lyons, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelors degree in architecture in 1910.

For reasons unknown, upon graduation he moved to the Pacific Northwest and first took a job as a draftsman for the Ballard Plannary Company in Spokane.  With valuable work experience at hand, in 1912 he opened his own firm, called “The Plan Shop”.

James Thomas Spec House, Spokane - 1913Manz specialized in high-end Craftsman style Bungalows, and his projects serve as some of the best examples of the style in the city.  Notable designs included: the Ralph Dyar House (1913, 526 E 12th Ave); a home at 532 E 12th Ave (1912); a home at 911 E 20th Ave (1911); the Montfort – Harrison House (1913, 442 W Shoshone Place); James Thomas Spec House (1913, 448 W 21st Ave ); the Alvis House (1913, 448 W 21st Ave); and Durkin House Garage (1915, 930 S Lincoln St.); the S.D. Weaver House (1912, 720 W 23rd Ave.); the J.C. Pritz House (1913, 21st & Bernard); and the Hugo Oswald House (1913, 17th & Monroe).

Other non-residential projects included the Apple Show Building (1916); a hotel for Milwaukee Lumber Co. (1913) in St. Joe, ID; Fire Station No.13 (1913, Wabash & Jefferson) in Spokane; and the a 10 story building (design only) for the Spokane Ad Club Building (1912).

During WWI Manz was drafted and rose to the level of 1st Lieutenant in the 682nd Signal Air Corps squadron based in Huston, TX.  He trained in San Francisco but was never deployed overseas.

Reportedly after the war Manz returned to Spokane and lived and worked in the community until 1923.  Research indicates that he then moved to San Gabriel, California where he was listed as a civil engineer with the US Army Corp- Los Angles District (1938-1955).  He passed away in Pasadena, CA on May 11, 1962.

By Michael Houser, State Architectural Historian - October 2013


Arneson, Vern L., Various Images and Family History & Personel communication with family members.

Air Service Journal – Vol 2, 1918

 American Architect - Vol 102, No. 1926; Nov 20, 1912

 Certificate of Marriage: Lic No. 8545, Sept 10, 1909.

 “Council Decided Coats Day Labor Plan More Expensive” Spokesman Review: Oct 16, 1913

 “Fine Residence Just Completed” Spokane Daily Chronicle: Apr 28, 1913

 “Home tribute to its past” Spokesman Review: January 12, 2012.

 “Hugo Oswald is Building Home” Spokane Daily Chronicle: Jun 18, 1913

 “Idaho Town Will Have New Hotel” Spokane Daily Chronicle: Jun 4, 1913

 “Joyous Iowa Bride Slides Down Rail” Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Jan 6, 1910

 “Montfort Sells Home to Harrison” Spokane Daily Chronicle: June 6, 1913

 “Pritz Will Have Seven Room House” Spokane Daily Chronicle: Nov 15, 1912

 Sigma Chi Fraternity Mannual & Directory – State University of Iowa, 1917.

 Spokane City/County Register of Historic Places nomination; Harry & Dorothy Alvis House.

 “Spokane Sixty Years Ago” Spokane Daily Chronicle: Feb 13, 1973

 “Thomas Builds on South Hill” Spokane Daily Chronicle: Sept 13, 1912

 “Weaver Buyer of South Hill Home” Spokane Daily Chronicle: Oct 22, 1912

 “Will Sell Lumber From Apple Show to Highest Bidder” Spokane Daily Chronicle: Nov 23, 1916

 WWI military discharge paper – dated Oct 27, 1919

Washington - The American Architect: Nov. 20, 1912. No.1926