The Parkade was the target of mine for a recent photo shoot, from the top of the Old National Bank building in downtown Spokane. One week prior to this recent shoot, the Parkade was featured prominently in one night shot from the top of the Chase Bank building, but the lights were not illuminated on top of the Parkade roof. Such was the case for the shoot from the Old National Bank building two weeks ago.
I spoke with Steve Gelhausen about the Parkade lights, and Steve knows something about how to get those lights turned on. Steve has worked at the Parkade for the past 43 years, and Steve arranged for me to have the lights above the roof of the Parkade, turned on. As a result, my second shoot from the top of the Old National Bank building was perfect to see the lights displayed on the Parkade. My thanks to Steve Gelhausen, and of course, Steve’s son Adam who tipped his father off about the light issues I was requesting when I shot the downtown area from the Old National Bank building.
On shoots prior to 2012, I cannot ever recall specifically targeting the Parkade for a night shoot, but it is so prominent in downtown Spokane, that the Parkade building and its rooftop lights are visible from almost everywhere. The Spokane Parkade, is simply put, a downtown landmark. Everybody knows it, everybody sees it, and everyone recognizes it. Of course there are other landmarks visible downtown, including the RFP Clocktower, the bell towers of Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, The Old National Bank building, and even the Davenport Hotel.
Yet, the Spokane Parkade building is very colorful, as well as displaying the rooftop light that is so easily viewed from locations throughout downtown Spokane.
In some select shots over a period of years, here are some examples of Spokane’s Parkade building in downtown Spokane.
John D. Moore, CPP
Spokane Night Scenes