Bing Crosby House

Bing Crosby House This is the house where Bing Crosby grew up in Spokane, Washington. The house is located at Gonzaga University and is home to the Bing Crosby Collection.

In 1913, Bing Crosby’s childhood home was built by Bing’s father and two uncles. The Crosby House was built at the location it now sits. From the Crosby House, Bing could walk one block to get to Gonzaga where he attended high school. The Crosby family sold the home to the Higgins family in 1936 for $3,600. Mrs. Higgins rented out the rooms to Gonzaga students up until her death in 1

In 1913, Bing Crosby’s childhood home was built by Bing’s father and two uncles. The Crosby House was built at the location it now sits. From the Crosby House, Bing could walk one block to get to Gonzaga where he attended high school. The Crosby family sold the home to the Higgins family in 1936 for $3,600. Mrs. Higgins rented out the rooms to Gonzaga students up until her death in 1

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We are celebrating the reopening of the Bing Crosby House Museum! After being closed for 18 long months due to the pande...
09/14/2021

We are celebrating the reopening of the Bing Crosby House Museum! After being closed for 18 long months due to the pandemic, the house will reopen this Saturday, September 18. Regular hours will be Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 - 4. Hope to see you there! Masks are required.

We are celebrating the reopening of the Bing Crosby House Museum! After being closed for 18 long months due to the pandemic, the house will reopen this Saturday, September 18. Regular hours will be Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 - 4. Hope to see you there! Masks are required.

Today would have been Bing's 118th Birthday! Happy Birthday Bing!
05/04/2021

Today would have been Bing's 118th Birthday! Happy Birthday Bing!

Here is a link to a video about the Bing Crosby House Museum. It was filmed for Gonzaga’s Advent Calendar that showed to...
12/16/2020
December 15 | Gonzaga University

Here is a link to a video about the Bing Crosby House Museum. It was filmed for Gonzaga’s Advent Calendar that showed today.

https://www.gonzaga.edu/give/advent-calendar/december-15

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Happy Veteran’s Day from the Bing Crosby House! Here is Bing with Dinah Shore and George Patton, before he led his 3rd A...
11/12/2020

Happy Veteran’s Day from the Bing Crosby House! Here is Bing with Dinah Shore and George Patton, before he led his 3rd Army to Metz, France in 1944.

Happy Veteran’s Day from the Bing Crosby House! Here is Bing with Dinah Shore and George Patton, before he led his 3rd Army to Metz, France in 1944.

The Crosby House is still closed. The house is quiet without visitors. The guestbook shows that the last person signed i...
10/24/2020

The Crosby House is still closed. The house is quiet without visitors. The guestbook shows that the last person signed it on March 11, 2020, when it closed. Not sure when we will be able to reopen. Please take care of yourself. We will be back!

The Crosby House is still closed due to Covid-19. At the end of August, Gonzaga University welcomed students back to cam...
09/14/2020

The Crosby House is still closed due to Covid-19. At the end of August, Gonzaga University welcomed students back to campus. Everyone, including the Crosby statue, is wearing face coverings.

The Crosby House is still closed due to Covid-19. At the end of August, Gonzaga University welcomed students back to campus. Everyone, including the Crosby statue, is wearing face coverings.

R.I.P. Regis Philbin. In 2009 Regis visited Gonzaga to see the Bing Crosby Collection while he was performing at a local...
07/27/2020

R.I.P. Regis Philbin.
In 2009 Regis visited Gonzaga to see the Bing Crosby Collection while he was performing at a local casino. He credited Crosby for giving him his start in show business. He visited the Crosby Alumni House, now the Crosby House Museum. He also saw the Crosby Collection in the library and the Crosby statue on campus. He was very personable and was happy to pose with a librarian's daughter's class mascot, "Beans".

While the Bing Crosby House continues to be closed due to COVID-19, here are photos taken 6 years ago this summer when t...
07/13/2020

While the Bing Crosby House continues to be closed due to COVID-19, here are photos taken 6 years ago this summer when the Crosby Collection moved from the Crosbyana Room in the former Crosby Library to the Crosby House. It took 2 days with 6 movers to cautiously relocate the materials and display cases. They appreciated the unique opportunity they had to move the Crosby memorabilia and were careful and respectful.

Happy Fourth of July from the Crosby House!
07/04/2020

Happy Fourth of July from the Crosby House!

While a high school senior, Bing Crosby wrote this poem called "A King", which was published in the June 1920 issue of t...
06/11/2020

While a high school senior, Bing Crosby wrote this poem called "A King", which was published in the June 1920 issue of the Gonzaga Magazine, a literary magazine published by Gonzaga students.

Bing was one of the high school commencement speakers during Gonzaga High School graduation on June 9, 1920. The title o...
06/10/2020

Bing was one of the high school commencement speakers during Gonzaga High School graduation on June 9, 1920. The title of his speech was "The Purpose of an Education." There were 52 high school graduates. Bing is on the right. #BingCrosby #100thAnniversary #Graduation

Today is the 100th anniversary of Bing Crosby's graduation from Gonzaga High School. Here is graduating class photo. Bin...
06/10/2020

Today is the 100th anniversary of Bing Crosby's graduation from Gonzaga High School. Here is graduating class photo. Bing is in the 2nd row, 2nd from right. His high school degree was in the Classical Course. #BingCrosby #Graduates #1920

Bing Crosby sits in the front center with neighborhood friends on the street corner across from his boyhood home. The Hu...
05/29/2020

Bing Crosby sits in the front center with neighborhood friends on the street corner across from his boyhood home. The Huetter mansion in the background built in 1897 became the Bishop White Seminary. In 2008 it was moved directly across the street from the Crosby House and housed the Gonzaga Alumni Association. Now the building hosts Campus Security and Public Safety.

The Crosby House continues to stay closed due to the COVID-19. Visitors enjoyed seeing the kitchen. Here are two period ...
05/22/2020

The Crosby House continues to stay closed due to the COVID-19. Visitors enjoyed seeing the kitchen. Here are two period pieces trying to recreate what the kitchen might have looked like when Bing lived in the house. Both items were donated. The cabinetry behind the "Hoosier" was not original to the house.

May 3, 1903. Happy 117th Birthday Bing Crosby!
05/17/2020

May 3, 1903. Happy 117th Birthday Bing Crosby!

Happy 117th Birthday to Bing! Here are photos taken 4 years ago at Gonzaga in front of the Crosby Statue on Bing’s birth...
05/03/2020

Happy 117th Birthday to Bing! Here are photos taken 4 years ago at Gonzaga in front of the Crosby Statue on Bing’s birthday. The Advocates for Bing Crosby annually hand out 480 pieces of free cake and informational flyers to GU students and staff walking by. It only takes 90 minutes to hand out the cake. Hopefully, the Advocates will be able to do it again next year.

Per Washington Governor’s Executive Order, the Crosby House is closed until further notice. Please visit https:www.gonza...
03/26/2020

Per Washington Governor’s Executive Order, the Crosby House is closed until further notice. Please visit https:www.gonzaga.edu/coronavirus for more information about Gonzaga’s response to the Novel Coronavirus.

To ensure the health and safety of our visitors and in accordance with Gonzaga University’s response to Novel Coronaviru...
03/13/2020

To ensure the health and safety of our visitors and in accordance with Gonzaga University’s response to Novel Coronavirus, the Crosby House will be closed through March 30. We apologize for any inconvenience to our visitors.

Please visit https://www.gonzaga.edu/coronavirus for more information about Gonzaga University’s response to the Novel Coronavirus.

Bing Crosby and the other members of a Junior Yard Association (JYA) basketball team at Gonzaga High School pose in fron...
02/20/2020

Bing Crosby and the other members of a Junior Yard Association (JYA) basketball team at Gonzaga High School pose in front of the Administration Building foundation in 1920. Bing Crosby is the boy in the middle.

Happy Valentines Day from Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds during their performance in "Holiday Inn" in 1942!
02/14/2020

Happy Valentines Day from Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds during their performance in "Holiday Inn" in 1942!

In honor of the Academy Awards this weekend, here is an image from 75 years ago when Bing won a Best Actor Oscar  for hi...
02/07/2020

In honor of the Academy Awards this weekend, here is an image from 75 years ago when Bing won a Best Actor Oscar for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in "Going My Way". The Oscar is on display in the Bing Crosby House at 508 E. Sharp Ave.

Bing Crosby is enjoying a conversation with incoming Gonzaga President, Father Coughlin. Fr. Coughlin passed away on Jan...
01/30/2020

Bing Crosby is enjoying a conversation with incoming Gonzaga President, Father Coughlin. Fr. Coughlin passed away on January 28, 2020 at the age of 97. Coughlin was GU’s longest tenured president from 1974-1996 and Chancellor from 1996-2016. He left a deep and lasting imprint on GU, the Spokane community and around the world. RIP Fr. Coughlin!

Merry Christmas from the Bing Crosby House!Please note that we have not posted in a while as a staff person has been on ...
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from the Bing Crosby House!

Please note that we have not posted in a while as a staff person has been on a six month research leave. We plan to return to posting regularly starting in January. Thanks for your support of the Bing Crosby Museum.

Due to the Christmas break, the Crosby House will be having new hours until Monday, January 13th. Saturday 12/ 21   CLOS...
12/21/2019

Due to the Christmas break, the Crosby House will be having new hours until Monday, January 13th.
Saturday 12/ 21 CLOSED
Monday 12/23 - Sat. 01/04 CLOSED
Monday 01/06 - Friday 01/10 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday 01/11 CLOSED
Monday 1/13 Resume regular hours 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Bing Crosby not only shared his talent with the world, he was also incredibly generous to a multitude of organizations a...
08/15/2019

Bing Crosby not only shared his talent with the world, he was also incredibly generous to a multitude of organizations and institutions. As the school year approaches, we reflect on the history of Gonzaga University and the many ways it has been shaped by its former students. Bing was very generous to GU over the years and he remembered his time at the university fondly. "If I am any kind of a success here or in show business, it is the result of the time I spent at Gonzaga in the elocution, the debating and the dramatic societies…. If I am a good Catholic, and I hope I am, it is directly attributable to the influence of the good priests here; and if I am successful, it is because of what I learned here…. I am tremendously grateful and I love this school and the people here.”

August is National Golfing Month and we can't think of a better way to commemorate Bing than to revisit one of his great...
08/01/2019

August is National Golfing Month and we can't think of a better way to commemorate Bing than to revisit one of his great passions. The first photograph was taken on February 2, 1953 and features Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, and Bing Crosby himself. The second photograph was taken in 1947--I'm not quite sure of the context, but perhaps one of you knowledgeable fans can clue me in. If any of you are avid golf fans, I certainly hope you're able to get out on the green this month!

City of Harriman
07/18/2019

City of Harriman

PRESS RELEASE - HARRIMAN NATIVE AND ACTRESS DIXIE LEE TO RECEIVE STATE HISTORICAL MARKER

Harriman, Tennessee – The Tennessee Historical Commission recently approved an application to honor Harriman native and Actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Dixie Lee. Dixie was born in the Walnut Hill neighborhood in Harriman near the intersection of Oak and Maple Streets, where the marker will be installed later this year. Unfortunately, the modest wooden frame house that was located on the property was destroyed by fire in 1959.

Dixie Lee was born on Nov. 4, 1909 as Wilma Winifred Wyatt, although she later claimed to have been born in 1911. Wilma was the youngest of three daughters born to East Tennessee natives, Evan Wyatt and Nora Scarborough Wyatt. Throughout her youth her family moved several times due to her father’s career as an insurance agent, eventually ending up in Chicago, Illinois where Wilma entered and won an amateur singing contest at the Sherman Hotel in 1928. This led to her being offered a part in a Broadway play and ultimately to her being discovered by Fox Film Corporation. Her name was changed to “Dixie Lee” to avoid confusion with another actress with a similar name. She made her big screen debut in Fox’s Movietone Follies of 1929. She went on to have major and minor roles in at least 17 known films. In 1930, she met and married a little known up-and-coming crooner by the name of Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr., or “Bing Crosby” as he would later become known. She retired from acting in 1935, and helped Bing raise their 4 boys. She died on Nov. 1, 1952, from ovarian cancer.

Over the years, she has been largely forgotten and become a footnote in her famous husband’s story.
However, this talented Harriman native will now be remembered for who she was and the talent she possessed. Details for a public dedication will be released later this year.

The City would like to thank Dixie Lee’s granddaughter in California and Chris Hammond from Powell, Tennessee without whom this application would not have been successful.

Happy 4th of July!  We hope that whatever fun plans you have that you keep an eye on your furry friends and stay safe!
07/03/2019

Happy 4th of July! We hope that whatever fun plans you have that you keep an eye on your furry friends and stay safe!

The Crosby House will be closed on Thursday July 4, 2019 for Independence Day. We hope you have a great holiday!
06/27/2019

The Crosby House will be closed on Thursday July 4, 2019 for Independence Day. We hope you have a great holiday!

During Bing's successful career in Hollywood, he occasionally escaped the hustle and bustle of the city to retreat into ...
06/20/2019

During Bing's successful career in Hollywood, he occasionally escaped the hustle and bustle of the city to retreat into nature. He especially enjoyed fishing. Here are some images of his time in the great outdoors.

On this day, May 29th 1942, Bing Crosby recorded his famous hit "White Christmas" for the first time. The song went on t...
05/29/2019

On this day, May 29th 1942, Bing Crosby recorded his famous hit "White Christmas" for the first time. The song went on to be featured in the film "Holiday Inn" (1942) and "White Christmas" (1954). It may be a bit early to get into the Christmas spirit, but it certainly marks an important day in Bing's career. He once said, "I didn't think 'White Christmas' was going to be such a hit!"

Happy Memorial Day Weekend from the Crosby House!We have new hours:12:00 - 4:00 pm weekdays1:00 - 4:00 pm SaturdaysHope ...
05/24/2019

Happy Memorial Day Weekend from the Crosby House!

We have new hours:
12:00 - 4:00 pm weekdays
1:00 - 4:00 pm Saturdays

Hope you can come visit us!

Happy 116th Birthday Bing! The Bing Crosby Advocates handed out 480 pieces of cake and informational flyers to Gonzaga s...
05/03/2019

Happy 116th Birthday Bing! The Bing Crosby Advocates handed out 480 pieces of cake and informational flyers to Gonzaga students and employees as they walked by his statue. It only took 90 minutes to hand out the cake. It was one student's birthday too so she wanted her photo taken next to the statue.

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508 E Sharp Ave (On Gonzaga University Campus)
Spokane, WA
99258

Opening Hours

1pm - 4pm

Telephone

(509) 313-4064

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Per Washington's Governor's Executive Order, the Bing Crosby House is closed until further notice.

Please visit https://www.gonzaga.edu/coronavirus for more information about Gonzaga University’s response to the Novel Coronavirus.

Hours: Monday - Friday 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Saturday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday Closed ** Large group tours available weekday morning hours by appointment. Please call: (509) 313-4064. In 1911 Bing Crosby’s childhood home was built by Bing’s father and two uncles. The Crosby House was built at the location it now sits. From the Crosby House, Bing could walk one block to get to Gonzaga where he attended high school. The Crosby family sold the home to the Higgins family in 1936 for $3,600. Mrs. Higgins rented out the rooms to Gonzaga students up until her death in 1978. The Higgins family then sold the house to the Gonzaga Alumni Association for $60,000. The Crosby House now contains the Bing Crosby Collection which is comprised of over 200 items including gold records, trophies, awards and Bing’s Academy Award for “Going My Way.” There is free parking behind the house and no entrance fee.


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Happy birthday Bing Crosby May 3, 1903- Oct 14th, 1977 🎂⚘
Crosby fans might enjoy this interview with biographer Gary Giddins
Bing Crosby , May 3, 1903-Oct 14th, 1977 Really enjoy all his movies and singing . ⚘⚘
ANGELA LANSBURY and BING CROSBY in THE RED DANUBE (1949)
Just to let you knw that the summer edition of BING magazine has been sent to the printers and will be available later this month. See
Happy birthday to you Bing Crosby Born: May 3, 1903-Oct14, 1977, He was great actor on screen and I love listening to his music. ⚘⚘
The spring issue of BING magazine has been sent to the printers and will out later this month. See
The summer edition of BING magazine is being printed and should be available later this month. See ​
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There's our Grandpa Bing! Soon to be on the big screen again!
I wish they would bring back the old movies they were the best.
Bing Crosby and Bob Hope