We are pleased to announce that as of this month, MCN’s Spokane, WA office has officially settled into a new home in the Hutton building located in downtown Spokane. The Hutton building is over 100 years old, steeped in a rich history we thought we’d share with you.
The history behind the Hutton building is centered on May and Levi Hutton. Born May Arkwright, May was a political activist and a prominent figure in women’s suffrage. She met Levi Hutton, a railroad engineer, in 1883 after opening a boarding house and the couple married shortly thereafter. In 1897, Levi and May invested in the Hercules Mine and four years later in 1901 they became overnight millionaires. The Hercules mine proved to be one of the largest and most lucrative silver and lead mines in the world.
The groundbreaking of the Hutton building occurred in 1906. John K. Down and Clarence Hubbell built a four-story building in Spokane upon the request of the Huttons. In anticipation of occupying the fourth floor penthouse, May Hutton deemed that “no cost would be spared” in its construction. The couple moved into their new home in 1907, and remained there until 1914. May Hutton died the following year leaving behind a prominent legacy. During the eight years that she lived in Spokane, it is estimated that May Hutton donated more than $450,000 to charity. She was also respected for her political activism and widely known for helping to secure the vote for women in the State of Washington.
After his wife’s death in 1915, Levi Hutton decided to pursue his dream of opening a home for orphaned children in Spokane. The home opened in 1919. Himself an orphan since the age of 6, Levi spent the remainder of his life caring for the children in his orphanage. He called the home “The Hutton Settlement”; it has become a model for orphanages all over the country. Levi passed away in 1928. The Hutton building remained in the family’s estate until 1969. The building underwent significant renovations in 1989 and currently houses offices and retail stores.
MCN is open for exams in this new location. Please note that our email, phone, and fax numbers remain the same. This contact information can be found below. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly with any questions or inquiries.
MCN – Spokane
9 S. Washington Street, Suite 315
Spokane, WA 99201