A few months back we highlighted some of what we considered the best opportunity sites for redevelopment in the City. One of those areas contained the parcels owned by Heylman Properties. Some readers may not be aware of Mr. Heylman and his firm's (Heylman-Martin Architects) impact on the skyline of Spokane. Specifically he is responsible for at least four of the most readily identifiable structures in the city:
- The Parkade & Skywalks
- The Spokane Regional Health Building
- The Riverfalls Tower Apartments
His structures are prominent not only for their siting, but also because they tend to be so very different from everything else around them. Leafing through the Downtown Spokane Plan the other day led us to a small rendering of a Heylman project on Riverside Avenue that never really quite materialized...and it is a biggie (see the last image in the slideshow below). While we are not sure why this was, it did give us some idea of what had been considered at one time for a site that has some amazing development potential.
As a major contributor to Spokane's skyline, we felt it important to present some of Mr. Heylman's past work. So yesterday we took a brief visit to some of his projects. Though we know that architecture is as much about the interior of a structure as it is the exterior, our photos focus primarly on the latter.