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Property Name Manito Park and Boulevard
Reference Number 15000909
State Washington
County Spokane
Town Spokane
Street Address 1702 South Grand Boulevard
Multiple Property Submission Name City of Spokane Parks & Boulevards
Status Listed 12/15/2015
Areas of Significance Recreation and Culture, Politics and Government, Landscape Architecture
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Manito Park and Boulevard in the Spokane, Washington is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) under the MPD City of Spokane Parks and Boulevards (1891-1974) as a Community Park (Property Type II) with an attached Boulevard (Type IV). Used as a park as early as 1886, by 1891, when the city of Spokane began formally accepting donations of land for public parks, "Montrose Park", as it was originally called, was an established recreational area. The period of significance for Manito Park and Boulevard begins in 1904, when the park was officially dedicated to the city of Spokane, and continues through 1974, the date of Expo '74 and the completion of the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Gardens, which marked the last major building campaign of the Park. Manito Park is locally significant for its associations with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of local history (Criterion A) and as a designed historic landscape (Criterion C). Manito Park and Boulevard is eligible for the NRHP under all three of the historic contexts defined in the MPD, including Early Parks (1891-1906), Spokane Board of Parks Commissioners and the Olmsted Influence (1907-1959), and Parks in the Modern Period (1960-1974). Parks are evolving landscapes. As such, Manito Park and Boulevard retains integrity from its period of significance, even though it has been altered since its earliest days as a public park. Manito Park and Boulevard remains in its original location, and retains the park boundaries that defined it at the time of its donation to the City as Manito Park in 1904. The park and boulevard retain their original setting, surrounded by a fine residential neighborhood. The district also retains integrity of design, materials, and workmanship, as landscapes, gardens, passive and active recreational opportunities, and pleasure drives remain from every period of the park's evolution. The district retains integrity of feeling as it remains the city's primary community park since its inception. Furthermore, the park retains integrity of association, as its design continues to tell the story of its association with significant recreational, cultural, political, and architectural trends in Spokane's history.

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