Benewah Milk Bottle - "It's a Thursday Thing" - Spokane, WA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 47° 41.615 W 117° 25.400
11T E 468234 N 5282330
Quick Description: Zippy visited one of the two Benewah Milk Bottles in Spokane on March 29, 2001. Since then things have changed a bit.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 11/20/2014 11:57:15 AM
Waymark Code: WMMXHZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 7

Long Description:
The result of architectural kitsch, a trend which began in California in the 1920s, these thirty eight foot tall milk bottle shaped buildings were the brainchild of Paul Newport, then owner of Benewah Creamery, originally of St. Maries, Idaho. They were designed by the well known architectural firm of Whitehouse & Price, best known for having designed St. John's Episcopal Cathedral. The intent of the buildings, purely and simply, was to sell milk to kids.

Thirty eight feet tall and fifteen feet in diameter at the base, each also had an addition at the rear for coolers. They were used for many years as retail outlets for the creamery, but by 1985, when the story was written, the buildings were fifty years old and were no longer owned by the creamery. In 1985, the building on Garland Avenue was a second hand shop and the one on South Cedar street was used for storage.

In 2011 the Garland Avenue building was badly damaged by fire, but was rebuilt and reopened as a restaurant, Mary Lou's Milk Bottle. The South Cedar building is today offices for Mr. Chimney & Masonry, a chimney and masonry service and installation company.

Milk Bottle

Date the strip ran: 3/29/2001

Strip Name: It's a Thursday Thing

Location of item featured in the strip: Garland & Post Street, Spokane, WA

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