Demolishing historical building catches city of Pullman's attention

PULLMAN, WA - One of Pullman's oldest buildings may be demolished if its current owner puts it up for sale, which has the city concerned about losing a historical landmark.

Palouse Reporter Rachel Dubrovin explains the significance of Pullman's Moose Lodge, and what could happen if the building is sold.

Not many people go inside Pullman's Moose Lodge, unless they're a member of the fraternity or an invited guest.

"It's like a family," said Pullman Moose Lodge Governor Joe Fairbanks.

But the organization reaches out to the community through its charity work.

"We've done fundraisers for the Humane Society," said Fairbanks.
"We've done local feeds for wrestling club, we've helped out families that are in need, someone's passed away."

Their lodge is at the corner of Kamiaken and Paradise Street. The building itself is nearly 100 years old, and the Moose inhabited it in 1947.

"We don't have the financial wherewithal to do all the charity work and also put into this building as well, so it looks a little more rundown than we'd like," said Fairbanks.

Pullman Moose Lodge Governor Joe Fairbanks says that some parties have shown an interest in buying the building.

"It is not for sale," said Fairbanks. "We have not entertained any offers at the moment. There are people that are interested. If it was a reasonable offer, we certainly would be interested to look at what that is."

One of the potential buyers is the lodge's neighbor, U.S. Bank. They would use the space to expand their parking lot, but the idea of demolishing the building caught the city's attention.

"It adds to the historic character of Pullman," said Pullman Assistant Planning Director Jason Radtke.

Even though the city has no authority in the matter, their Historic Preservation Commission would like to put the building on the national or local register.

"Best case scenario would be to renovate the Moose Lodge and potentially restore it to its former glory," said Radtke.

The Moose Lodge may look a little run down, but the mural on the side of their building explains what the organization is all about. It's a group of men and women who are dedicated to helping their community. And they say no matter what happens to this building, they'll continue to do so.

"We've been here for over a hundred years, we plan on being here for at least 100 more," said Fairbanks. "We're not planning on going anywhere."

The Moose Lodge hasn't received any offers from potential buyers yet, but the Historical Preservation Commission addressed the issue in a meeting on Monday night. The fraternal organization plans to relocate if they sell building.