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Kirtland Kelsey Cutter (August 20, 1860 – September 26, 1939) was a 20th-century architect in the Pacific Northwest and California. He was born in East Rockport, Ohio, the great-grandson of Jared Potter Kirtland. He studied painting and illustration at the Art Students League of New York. At the age of 26 he moved to Spokane, Washington, and began working as a banker for his uncle. By the 1920s Cutter had designed several hundred buildings that established Spokane as a place rivaling Seattle and Portland, Oregon in its architectural quality. Most of Cutter's work is listed in State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Kirtland Cutter
Born(1860-08-20)August 20, 1860
DiedSeptember 26, 1939(1939-09-26) (aged 79)
Parent(s)Caroline Atwater Pease
William Cutter
BuildingsRainier Club
Lake McDonald Lodge
The Davenport Hotel
ProjectsIdaho Building at the Chicago's World Fair

His design for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair Idaho Building was a rustic design log construction. It was a popular favorite, visited by an estimated 18 million people. The building's design and interior furnishings were a major precursor of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Cutter also worked in partnership with Karl G. Malmgren as Cutter & Malmgren and variations.


Notable designsEdit

Buildings in Spokane, WashingtonEdit

  • 1887: Kirtland Cutter's Chalet Hohenstein 628 West 7th Avenue – was demolished to build condominiums in the 1960s
  • 1888: Glover Mansion 321 W Eighth Avenue – Now a conference and events center.
  • 1889: F. Lewis Clark Lodge Gate 705 West 7th Avenue – temporary home for Clark
  • 1889: F. Lewis Clark House 703 West 7th Avenue – Clark named it Undercliff it was later changed to Marycliff
  • 1889: F. Rockwood Moore House 507 West 7th Avenue
  • 1897: John A. Finch House 2340 W First Avenue – Designed with Karl Malmgren.
  • 1897: Austin Corbin House 815 West 7th Avenue
  • 1897: D. C. Corbin House 507 West 7th Avenue
  • 1898: Amasa B. Campbell House 2316 W First Avenue – Now part of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.
  • 1898: Patsy Clark Mansion 2208 West Second Avenue – Contains the largest stained glass window ever made by Tiffany Studios.
  • 1898: Wakefield House, 2328 W First Avenue – First example of Mission Revival Style architecture in Washington State.
  • c. 1900: Manito United Methodist Church, 3220 S Grand Blvd
  • 1904: Robert E. Strahorn Residence Strahorn Pines designed by J.J. Browne in 1887 remodeled by Cutter
  • 1907: J.M. Corbet Corbet-Aspray House 820 West 7th Avenue
  • 1907: Gardner and Engdahl/The Gables Apartments 1302–1312 West Broadway Avenue
  • c. 1910: The Hall of Doges, above Davenport's Restaurant – see The Davenport Hotel
  • 1910: Spokane Club, 1002 W Riverside Avenue
  • 1910: Western Union Life Insurance Building
  • 1911: Monroe Street Bridge – Designed aesthetic elements.
  • 1912: Waikiki Mansion – Now Gonzaga University's Bozarth Center.
  • 1912: Louis Davenport House 34 West 8th Avenue
  • 1914: The Davenport Hotel
  • 1915: Sherwood Building 510 West Riverside

Other Washington State sitesEdit

Out of state locationsEdit


Matthews, Henry (1999). Kirtland Cutter: Architect in the Land of Promise. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-97609-8.


External linksEdit

  1. ^ Society of Historical Architects, Archipedia. "Lewis-Clark Hotel". SAH Archipedia. SAH. Retrieved 23 February 2018.