For anyone who's ever pondered Spokane's Skyline the Paulsen Medical and Dental Building is easily one of the most recognizable landmarks. At the top of the fifteen-story skyscraper sits perhaps Spokane's most exclusive (if not highest) private residence. The solitary penthouse was home to members of the Paulsen Family for over seventy years, and a few weeks back we gained access to the now vacant residence to have a look around.
It's a decent-sized space inside with two bedrooms, three baths, and a servants quarters tucked way in the back. The kitchen is modest by today's standards, and the living room and dining/sun room are quite large. As you'd expect, the views from inside are pretty much unmatched by any residence in town (yes, even Upper Falls), but the real fun begins when you step outside onto the wraparound patio. Long gone is the sixty year old arborvitae that was a landmark itself (In 1996 it partly fell to the twelfth floor roof during the ice-storm). Still, it's all about the view. From up there, and in every direction, you're looking at Spokane in an unfamiliar way. It's like seeing your city for the first time again and it's pretty cool.
Highlight - The gun closet directly across from the wet bar.