Welcome to the Eikenbary-Pierce House restoration project!
The property’s historic designation requires that certain stylistic elements be preserved or restored. The Spokane City/County Historic Preservation Office and the Spokane Historic Landmarks Commission are local government programs that share responsibility for the stewardship of historic and architecturally significant properties within the City of Spokane and unincorporated areas of Spokane County.
Who was Henry A. Pierce?
Almost every day Henry A. Pierce could be found walking the halls of the Spokane Shriners hospital befriending the young patients and offering kind words of encouragement.
Henry grew up on a farm in East Aurora, NY. As a young man, he decided on a career as a newspaperman. His first job was in Cripple Creek, CO. In 1908, he moved to Spokane and went to work as a beat reporter at the Spokane Chronicle. In 1914, he held the position of city editor. From 1932, until his retirement in 1947, he was the paper’s news editor.
In 1924, Henry A. Pierce founded the Spokane Shriners Hospital, known as “the biggest, little Shriners hospital” The Spokane Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children started as a 20-bed “mobile unit” housed in St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital.
Patients at the Shriner’s hospital never paid for their care. Not only did they receive exemplary medical attention, but they were treated with kindness and love by a skilled and dedicated staff.
Henry A. Pierce spent his life reporting on the news of the world and supporting children, helping to see that they received the medical care they needed to grow and thrive.
To honor their grandfather’s legacy, when the House restoration is finished Henry’s grandchildren plan to offer lodging to families whose children are patients at the Hospital.
Read more about the restoration and the history connected to the Eikenbary-Pierce House:
Spokane’s Shriners Hospital: A Legacy of Love and Hope by Blythe Thimsen
Historic home linked to Shriners Hospital maintains its past – outside and in by Nicholas Deshais- The Spokesman Review
Historic Properties of Spokane- The Eikenbary Pierce House– Spokane City|County Historic Preservation Office