Experience Spokane in the Early 1900s
Learn about the Campbell household and the changes in business, community life, and technology that faced this family, its servants, and its community, circa 1910.
The journey starts in the Campbell House Activity Center located in the Carriage House (ADA accessible). Here you can move at your own pace to explore themes of transportation and house restoration and a wealth of Museum Collection artifacts and documents. To visit Campbell House, please register first at Museum admissions. Tours are Tuesday–Friday, and Sunday at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm and are included in your admission price. On Saturdays, Campbell House is an open house format from 12pm to 4pm where you can explore Campbell House at your leisure. Please note: the house is closed in early January for annual cleaning. Campbell House availability may vary during holiday hours. Check the Hours and Admissions page for specific dates.
Both the Campbells and the Finches hired renowned Spokane architect Kirtland K. Cutter to design their new homes near each other in Browne’s Addition. Finch, the conservative financier, chose a Neoclassical Revival style. Campbell, the bold mining venturer, chose a more picturesque English Tudor Revival exterior of stucco, sandstone, brick and heavy timbers. The large main house, with offset service wing, and the adjacent carriage house were carefully designed to suit particular functions.
The first floor interior, on two levels, provides a sense of drama. To the right of the dark wood-paneled entry hall is a light, gilded French reception room where Grace Campbell received her visitors. To the left, the library’s dark wooden beams and inglenook fireplace provide a cozy atmosphere for informal evenings at home, as well as formal events. Four steps lead to a large dining room with a fireplace surrounded by blue and white Dutch tiles. A deep veranda around the back of the house affords a view of the Spokane River below. Other features include a den, decorated in the popular Middle Eastern style, well-planned service areas, and four upstairs bedrooms.
Following Grace Campbell’s death in 1924, Helen Campbell (then Mrs. W.W. Powell) gave the house to the Eastern Washington State Historical Society in memory of her mother. Campbell House became a community museum featuring historical and art exhibits. After a new museum building opened in 1960 on the Campbell House east lawn, the house began a return to its former elegance. From 1984-2001 a formal restoration project impacted all elements of the Campbell House complex: structures, landscape, interior design, technological systems, and furnishings. Today Campbell House operates as a house museum, interpreting life at the turn of the 20th century.
Paris to Pompeii
The Campbell Family Grand Tour January 11–June 2020
In 1909 the Campbells followed in the footsteps of many other wealthy Americans and departed Spokane for a year-long grand tour of Europe. Designed in part to further Helen’s education, the Campbells traveled from Paris to Pompeii in search of the great classics of the western world. Visit the Campbell House and the Carriage House to follow their journey and learn about the broad and lasting impact the "grand tour" tradition had on the development of the American identity. Included with regular admission.
Saturdays, 11 am
Join us for a special Campbell House experience in conjunction with the Paris to Pompeii: the Campbell Family Grand Tour exhibit. Each Saturday starting February 8th, we’ll offer a special guided tour of Campbell House with a focus on describing the "grand tour", its influence on Americans, and how the Campbells fit into its long tradition. Please check with a Visitor Services representative when you arrive at the MAC to sign-up for the tour. Included with regular admission.