Campbell House, Assessment

Campbell House is an English Tudor Revival style dwelling located in Spokane, Washington.

It was designed by Spokane architect Kirtland K. Cutter, and includes the main house, an offset service wing, and adjacent carriage house.  It is adjacent to the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) and is the museum’s largest artifact.

Following Grace Campbell’s death in 1924, Helen Campbell (Mrs. Helen Campbell Powell) gave the house to the Eastern Washington State Historical Society in memory of her mother.  In 1960 a new museum building opened and the museum began to restore the home 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.

The rooms we assessed in this phase are on the first floor and the basement.  While we were primarily hired to assess draperies and wallpaper, it was impossible not to take images of the other many lovely items in the house.

  • The Entry Hall (first floor);
  • The French Reception Room where Grace Campbell received visitors (first floor, right of the Entry);
  • The Library (first floor, left of the Entry);
  • The Den.

Please ignore the mess around the house.  It was closed for cleaning and repairs when we did our assessment, and we added to the chaos!

Note: The image that mistakenly has our name on it top right
was not taken by us oh-so-many years ago but is from the Campbell House archives
and I have ONE image and mistakenly did this!

ENTRY HALL

The entry is stunning.  The wood and gilded walls are a rich compliment.  Right, a detail of the coat of arms over the entry door.

We assessed both the wall hangings and the tapestries.  The wood in the house also need to be treated, and of course I would love to spend a summer shellacking!

A “green man” is carved into the chair which sat in the entry,
and to me the turning look a bit impish!
The Eclectic chair needs some proper attention!

FRENCH RECEPTION ROOM

The walls are covered in a beautiful
silk moiré with silver metallic threads.

The various motifs are actually Bakelite which
was once gilded.  Someone over-painted
them with gold paint, but this can be removed
and they can be properly gilded.

The amazing gilt fireplace was stunning;
below is the very pretty gilt-framed settee.

LIBRARY

Rich green velvet draperies with hand-stitched coral applied motifs.

The drapery pulls appeared to be from the House of Scalamandré.

DEN

The den is decorated with Moroccan and Turkish Revival motifs.
The highlights for me were the lamp fixtures, amazing!

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