The Bissinger Building
The building was originally built in 1910 and was the home of Bissinger & Co., a hide, wool, fur, and leather company. Bissinger & Co. was headquartered in San Francisco with locations in Portland, Seattle, Spokane, The Dalles, Victoria, British Columbia, and Salt Lake City. The Bissinger Building in Spokane was called the “Spokane Hide & Fur Depot.” Bissinger & Co. handled two-thirds of all the hides and pelts produced in Oregon and Washington and shipped its products all over the world.
A historical excerpt about Bissinger & Co.
Bernardo Wills Architects made a strong commitment from the start of the project to respect and reuse the existing structure while transforming the space into a contemporary office building and meeting space. The design allowed over 90% of the existing warehouse building – walls, floors, and roof – to be maintained and reused. The majority of the demolition and construction waste was sent to local building material recyclers. The total amount of diverted waste exceeded 95%. The building received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the Core & Shell and the Commercial Interiors.
The Staff of Bissinger & Co circa 1919
Bernardo Wills Architects believes the Bissinger Building will stand as a model of sustainability for its extensive use of rehabilitation techniques, innovative design solutions, and state-of-the-art sustainable materials. The old, unoccupied, and abandoned buildings and grounds now house a beautiful office building and meeting venue with a tree-shaded parking lot for use by the design firm and their guests for at least another century to come.