A World of WonderWork, Park, Eat, Shop
Wonder Spokane is a dynamic community hub housed in the historic Spokane Bakery built in 1909. It includes a food hall with creative cuisine and entertainment, premium loft-design office space, 21st century amenities, and an on-site parking garage. Wonder Spokane is the place to meet, eat, and work in downtown Spokane!
Uniting Past, Present, and Future
Wonder Spokane has revitalized an entire square block on the north bank of the Spokane River. Through a combination of renovations and new construction, the historic Spokane Bakery has been repurposed as a 21st century gathering and work place while preserving the original architectural facade. The Wonder Building is listed on the Spokane Register of Historic Places and much effort went into preserving and restoring architectural features of the original bakery. In the past decade, the North Bank has experienced a renaissance, primarily with the development of Kendall Yards. Yet the central business district on the North Bank has remained mostly dormant except for institutions like the Spokane Arena and Flour Mill. Wonder Spokane creates a new vibe on the North Bank, and with ample parking and a direct link to Centennial Trail and Riverfront Park, it is easily accessed from any point in the City.
Get to Know Wonder Spokane
Loft Offices, Secure Parking, Public Market, Dining, and More
A premier location in the heart of downtown Spokane that provides the perfect work-life balance. Offering a mix of office and retail space with on-site parking. Modernized creative spaces with 16’ high ceilings, abundant natural light and historic brick charm.
Wonder Parking is a 396-space parking garage offering secure, dedicated parking to lessees and public parking for patrons of Wonder Spokane and other North Bank establishments.
Wonder Market is an artisan food hall highlighting unique local and regional chefs, restauranteurs, and coffee baristas. It’s about high-quality, creative food and beverage concepts in an environment that promotes community gathering and lingering.
Wonder Market is an artisan food hall highlighting unique local and regional chefs and restauranteurs. It’s about high-quality, creative food and beverage concepts in an environment that promotes community gathering and lingering.
Wonder Spokane features a variety of events at the Wonder Market, from art to food to community, there’s always something to do at Wonder Spokane.
A 12,000 sf dynamic community hub designed for eating, socializing, working, and celebrating:
- A variety of local food purveyors serving the best creative cuisine in Spokane
- A plethora of seating options to accommodate social groups, families, meet-ups, and working individuals
- On-site parking with electric vehicle charging stations and bike racks
- Numerous events throughout the year showcasing local talent
- Loft-design office space with high ceilings, large windows, and architectural details of the historic bakery
- 100,000 sf historic office building with 21st century amenities.
- Space with river and city views and terrace options
- High power grid reliability
- Locker rooms and showers
- 24 x 7 security
- On-site parking with security and dedicated floors for office tenants
Wonder Building History
The Wonder Building tells the story of American industrialization in Spokane. The Spokane Bakery was built in 1909 as one of the largest, most modern bread bakeries in the Pacific Northwest, and it made Spokane a leader in commercial bread baking, warehousing, and distribution. The success of the Spokane Bakery forever changed the way people got bread, as baking moved from home to factory. A 1921 advertisement in the Spokane Daily Chronical stated, “You can use the most expensive of ingredients the same as we do . . . but you can’t have facilities that insure good bread. We have facilities that never fail . . .”
A Timeline of Wonder Building History:
Past, Present, and Future
In 1909, a 29-year old German immigrant named David Ackermann bought the site of today’s Wonder Building to build “the largest bakery plant in the northwest . . . [and] to equip the building with the most modern bakery machinery . . .” (Spokesman Review, May 2, 1909). Mr. Ackermann spent $40,000 on the original Spokane Bakery.
By 1917, the Spokane Bakery was very successful, and Mr. Ackermann expanded the capacity to 100,000 loaves of bread per day. Bread was delivered within a 150-mile radius of Spokane.
Building further upon his success, Mr. Ackermann again expanded in 1920 to produce 5,000 loaves per hour! Top brands in the 1920’s were Holsum, Tip-Top, Betsy, Ross and Butternut Breads, Ackermann’s Daily Cakes, and Buttercup Ice Cream.
In 1925 Mr. Ackermann sold his thriving business to Continental Baking Corp. of New York, which wanted to further “Continental Corporation’s policy of nation-wide expansion” (Los Angeles Times, May 8, 1925). Continental Baking added Wonder Bread to the brands it produced.
Although never its official name, the building came to be known as the Wonder Building, and the bakery continued operations under various ownership until 2000. Many residents remarked how much they missed the aroma of fresh-baked bread when operations ceased.
Wonder Spokane, LLC purchased the Wonder Building in 2016 and began major renovations and new construction. Significant aspects of the renovation and construction were: a completely new structural support system, reconstruction of the 2nd story western end of the building destroyed by fire in 1947, a glass atrium above the new market, and a glass and steel addition to each end of the 3rd floor.
Wonder Spokane in the News
Stories in Local/National Media
New Wonder Building Marketplace Now Open
A piece of Spokane's history has found new life as an old bread factory turned office building now sees even more change -- in the form of a new marketplace that's taken years to shape. On Monday, an old loading dock at what used to be Spokane's Wonder Bread factory...
Wonder Building Eateries See Smiling Faces, Busy Lines During First Full Day of Business
Restaurants in the 110-year-old Wonder Building saw their first full day of operation Monday when the building’s ground floor officially opened to the public. People were greeted by a bakery-themed mural along with vintage Wonder Bread signage at the west entrance of...
Wonder Market, LLC, announces the opening of its first eateries in the Wonder Building in Spokane, Washington
Spokane, Washington –- Wonder Market, LLC, is excited to announce that Evans Brothers Coffee, based in Sandpoint, Idaho, and High Tide Lobster Bar, based in Spokane, will open as the first permanent eateries in the Wonder Market located at 835 N. Post Street in...
Upcoming Events at Wonder Spokane
Art, Food, Community and More
Visit Wonder Spokane
Plan your visit to Wonder Spokane, Wonder Market, Wonder Retail, David’s Pizza, and the parking garage.
Wonder Spokane is a dynamic community hub housed in the historic Spokane Bakery built in 1909. Whether you are a family looking for a venue with convenient access to Riverfront Park, friends looking for a fun night out, colleagues looking for an easy meeting spot, or a business desiring a vibrant downtown location, Wonder Spokane is for you! The Wonder Spokane block includes a food hall with creative cuisine and entertainment, premium loft-design office space, 21st century amenities, and an on-site parking garage.
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