City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

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Title 17C
Chapter 17C.124
Section 17C.124.570

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.124 Downtown Zones

Section 17C.124.570 Treating Blank Walls – Building Design
  1. Purpose.

To mitigate blank walls by providing visual interest.

  1. Treating Blank Walls Implementation.

Where windows are not provided on walls (or portions of walls) facing streets or visible from right-of-way, at least four of the following elements shall be incorporated: (R)

    1. Masonry (but not flat concrete block).
    1. Concrete or masonry plinth at wall base.
    1. Belt courses of a different texture and color.
    1. Projecting cornice.
    1. Projecting metal canopy.
    1. Decorative tilework.
    1. Trellis containing planting.
    1. Medallions.
    1. Opaque or translucent glass windows.
    1. Artwork such as sculptures, murals, inlays, mosaics or elements integrated with the project.
    1. Vertical articulation.
    1. Lighting fixtures.
    1. Recesses.
    1. An architectural element not listed above, as approved, that meets the intent of this section.



Historic elements used on section of
blank wall.

Date Passed: Monday, December 14, 2009

Effective Date: Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ordinance C34522 Section 1