Backstory and Context
Dr. Charles H. Russell was a medical doctor born in Wisconsin; he previously had his offices in the Flatiron building. By 1912, he had moved to 804 Alder Street (now known as Kamiaken Street). He decided to expand his office at a different location and work began on this new structure, intended to be a one-story building with four offices, in May 1915.1 By June 1915, Russell was thinking even bigger: As reported in the June 11, 1915, edition of The Pullman Herald, the doctor increased the size of the building to two stories, extending it over the top of his existing Alder Street office. The new structure was then planned to have three large rooms downstairs with seven rooms upstairs, plus an additional four rooms over the building already on site.
In 1919, he converted the building to use as a boarding house and hotel and advertised it as the Russell House; by 1930 it was known as the Russell Hotel.In 1947, the Moose Lodge organization moved in, and the fraternal organization continues to be there to this day (as of at least February 2018).2 While the building is only open to Moose Lodge members and their invited guests, the organization is dedicated to serving its community and has sponsored fundraisers for local charities and sports groups.
2. Rachel Dubrovin, “Demolishing Historical Building Catches City of Pullman’s Attention,” KlewTV.com, http://klewtv.com/news/local/demolishing-historical-building-catches-city-of-pullmans-attention (accessed February 15, 2018).