Renovations to Historic Steam Plant Planned

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

For the second time in the 100-year history of the Steam Plant, the building will be undergoing renovations that will bring new energy to downtown Spokane. The Stacks restaurant and brew pub located in the iconic building will be renovated and a new roof-top event center will be opened atop the structure linking the Seehorn Lang building and the Steam Plant. The two landmark stacks that light up the Spokane skyline will also undergo maintenance.

The renovations will include a redesigned kitchen to gain operational efficiencies and remodel of the dining area and brew pub. The historical architectural elements inside the Steam Plant, such as the Coal Bunker, steam boilers and other original equipment will not be impacted by the renovations.

To ensure safety during the $1.5 millon renovations, Stacks restaurant and the brew pub will close operations on June 1 with a reopening date planned for fall 2017. Businesses located in the upper area inside the Steam Plant and the adjoining Seehorn Lang building will remain open during the renovation. The Steam Plant Square Retail Shops located on Lincoln Street in the Seehorn Lang building will not be impacted.

“Since the Steam Plant restaurant opened 20 years ago, downtown Spokane has seen a renaissance. New restaurants, breweries, wineries, concert venues and other attractions have brought a new vibrancy to downtown and we want to add to that with an updated Steam Plant. The addition of a roof-top event center will be exciting and a new location for Spokane to gather,” said Latisha Hill, senior vice president of Avista Development, majority owner of the Steam Plant and Seehorn Lang building.

Local contractors for the renovations are HDG Architects and Associated Construction of Spokane.

For nearly 70 years, the historic Steam Plant building was a generating facility owned by Washington Water Power to provide steam heat throughout downtown Spokane. The plant was closed in 1986 when it was no longer economically feasible to operate and remained empty until 1996 when work began through a partnership between Avista Development and Wells & Co. to transform the empty building into the commercial center it is today. The Steam Plant and Seehorn Lang building are both on the National Register of Historical Places.