Washington State University officials recently revealed that the Jensen-Byrd building, a historic structure situated on the Spokane campus, plays a large part in their new master plan. Matt Cohen, associate professor and former president of Spokane Preservation Advocates, was instrumental in coordinating efforts to convince the university that the historic structure, slated for demolition in late 2011, was worth saving.
As stated in the Spokesman Review article linked below, “The university now envisions the six-story Jensen-Byrd building as the focal point of a new plaza and gathering place that also will serve as a downtown gateway to the Spokane campus. No budget or specific timeframe has been established, but the decision is part of WSU’s new master plan, which the university’s regents approved last month.” Cohen said, “It’s a significant decision. I don’t think people realize how close we were to the Jensen-Byrd being gone. To the university’s credit, they were willing to listen.”
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