Trade Winds Motel – 1962

Architect: Donald E. Neraas

The Trade Winds Motel was state-of-the-art for new incoming motorists who would travel to Spokane for weekend road trips.

The Trade Winds Motel is a different type of motel in downtown Spokane.  The four-story, curved L-shaped building was themed in the Polynesian/Hawaiian tiki culture theme that was very popular at the time.  Due to its curved shape, most of the rooms were semi-pie-shaped and featured small bathroom areas.  However, unlike many motor inns, the Trade Winds did feature larger suites at the back of the motel.  The site was originally home to “Bill Brown Plymouth” car dealership.  Hotel owner Henry Lackman owned a hotel several blocks away, the Lackman Hotel.  However, plans for the new 1-90 freeway were underway.  The freeway would cut through the southern portion of the city which gave Lackman the idea of moving his business further south.  He decided to spare no expense and build the best motel the city had ever seen.  The hotel was built at a cost of $600,000 and featured sixty rooms along with a 38-foot swimming pool for hotel guests. 

The motel remained under the charge of Lackman for almost 30 years.  In 1991, his son, Hal took control of the motel.  The name was changed in 2002 to the Trade Winds Motor Hotel, then to the Trade Winds Motor Inn a few years later.  In 2009, the motel began taking in long term residents, although the property began to decline.  As of this writing, the hotel is currently undergoing renovations and is under new ownership.

Find Me! 907 W. Third Ave., Spokane, WA

View the Tiki Lodge here.

Sources: “Trade Winds Motel.” Historic Properties of Spokane. Spokane Historic Preservation Office. Accessed May 30, 2018.

Brunt, Jonathan. “Former Trade Winds Hotel Could Become Howard Johnson.” Spokesman-Review. Accessed May 30, 2018.

Simms, Ryan. “Vacant Trade Winds Motel Gets a Makeover.” KREM. Accessed May 30, 2018.