F. Lewis Clark house is a Kirkland Cutter original, romantically sited on a ledge high on the South Hill, the stone base of its octagonal veranda echoes the basalt outcroppings on the steep hillside.
Cutter began work in 1899 on this significant Tudoresque house on the South Hill immediately to the east of Austin Corbin’s property. His client was the flamboyant and often ruthless capitalist F. Lewis Clark, for whom he had built a lodge gate of rough basalt at the entry of the property seven years earlier. In this commission, Cutter was able to integrate a house with the landscape more fully than ever before and to manipulate the volumes for picturesque effect. Its position offered superb views over the town and to distant mountains beyond.
The interior of the home conveyed the idea of stately European home. Cutter created diversity in the individual rooms by using a variety of woods and finishes. He paneled the hall and library in oak while using sycamore in the dining room.
The reception room is finished in ivory enamel and is exceptionally light. A delicate frieze of anthemion runs in the cove between wall and ceiling, and the doorway is flanked by Corinthian pilasters. Cutter fitted the house with magnificent fireplaces. In the reception room a plastered hood over the hearth, based on design in Italian Renaissance palaces, is carried on consoles.
Clark’s wife Winifred, who had come from Washington D.C., was one of Spokane’s most brilliant hostesses; their home was the scene of many grand social events!
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