Restaurants have occupied this space in recent years, but for much of the twentieth century this building, with its Mission Revival features, housed a photography studio that documented the change and growth of Pullman. Built in 1926 by James Carson for the Artopho photography company, the building was best known as the Hutchison Studio following its 1927 purchase by Raymond Hutchison. The studio also was Pullman's principal location for portrait photography, and Hutchison himself once served as the official yearbook photographer of Washington State College.
Brothers J.R. and L.H. Stephenson opened Artopho Studios in
Pullman in ca. 1906. Early ads for the business declared it was “established to
stay and that they specialized in Everything Modern in the Photographic Art. J.R. Stephenson became the sole proprietor of the studio in 1907 when his
brother, L.H., moved to Portland.1 In 1910 the studio was
located at 1001 Grand and advertised the studio as Pullman’s Best
The building at 1001 Grand (now 205 N Grand Avenue with the
city’s updated addresses) was sold in 1920, requiring Artopho to move. By 1926,
they had moved into the building on Kamiaken and Olsen. James Carson, a farmer,
built the Mission Revival building, which features blonde-colored brick veneer
on its main elevation and prominent shed roof extensions clad in clay tiles.
Ralph Raymond (R.R.) Hutchison, a photographer with Artopho,
took over the business in 1927. Eventually, J.R. Stephenson relocated to
Seattle and established Artopho Studio in the Queen Anne neighborhood.3
Hutchison grew up on a farm near Endicott, Washington, northwest
of Pullman. He began his career as a professional photographer in the area,
eventually operating studios in Endicott, LaCrosse, Pullman, and Moscow, Idaho.
He also worked as the photographer for the Washington State University
yearbook, the Chinook, attending many campus events and extensively documenting
the WSU campus and its activities.4
A collection in the WSU Special Collections houses 690
photographs taken by Hutchison, which illustrate changes to the WSU campus and
the towns and farms of the Palouse region of southeastern Washington and
The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.