< UNITED STATES | SPOKANE: The Historic Davenport Hotel
Named for its first proprietor, Louis Davenport, The Davenport Hotel opened on September 1, 1914. as a destination in its own right. Designed by architect
Kirtland Cutter, the hotel was promoted as "one of America's exceptional hotels". It was to be a place where guests could experience a singular combination of world-class service,
palatial splendor, and inviting warmth.
The Davenport Hotel (today: The Historic Davenport Hotel) was the first hotel in America with air conditioning, a central vacuum system, housekeeping carts, accordion ballroom doors, and the first hotel to deliver ice water to each guest for free through specially designed faucets in each of the 405 rooms. Its restaurant was the birthplace of the now-renowned Crab Louis (named for founder Louis Davenport).
Main Lobby is designed in a Spanish Renaissance style and to give it an atrium affect Tiffany style glass was used, with a glass roof above for protection. All of the light chandeliers and sconces are original to the hotel. The Isabella Ballroom was the original hotel dining room when the hotel opened in 1914. It was elegantly designed in Italian Neo-Classical Renaissance, while The Marie Antoinette Ballroom, the social centre of the hotel, is of French Neo-Classical design. Originally designed true to the Elizabethan era, the Elizabethan Ballroom features illuminated shields bearing the arms of Henry VIII. Each shield figurine represents a symbol of quality that Louie Davenport desired his guests to experience when at the hotel.
Designed by Kirtland Cutter and originally located above Davenport’s restaurant, the Hall of Doges was an elaborate ball and reception room that became Spokane’s most popular place for weddings and other social functions. It was originally built in honor of visiting President Theodore Roosevelt in 1910, while its design was inspired by the Palace of the Doges in Venice. During the restoration in 2000, The Hall of Doges was removed from the old Davenport Restaurant portion before demolition. A large crane lifted the almost 100-year-old structure over 50 feet in the air and placing it across the street where the parking garage now lies. Once the construction for the Porte Corchere, valet parking garage, was completed the Hall of Doges was once again lifted and placed on her original location for another 100 years of grace and elegance.
Located on the 7th floor of The Davenport Hotel, the Circus Room, as its name suggests, is decorated with a traveling circus mural theme. Original multi-color balloon-like light fixtures hang above the room while a hand-painted 3-dimensional mural of circus scenes surrounds the room. The mural includes detailed pictures of circus animals, people and even a picture of Louis Davenport himself. Davenport had the room designed for businessman Harper Joy, who was a friend of Davenport’s and had a passion for the circus. Joy was known for joining up with the Ringling Bros. Circus from time to time as a clown. A. Rutgers VanderLoeff and his assistant Carl Krageland were commissioned by Davenport and Joy to paint the Circus Room. The Circus Room was used as a meeting space and for Davenport’s own private functions. The Circus Room is now furnished with 2 King beds and a bathroom with shower.
In 1985, the Hotel closed and demolition was considered. Local entrepreneurs Walt & Karen Worthy purchased the entire city block in 2000, then spent two years and $38 million to return The Davenport Hotel to its former glory. In the summer of 2002, the Hotel re-opened to the public.
Golden book of this grand hotel include names of: Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Mary Pickford, Clark Gable, John Philip Sousa, Lawrence Welk, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Vachel Lindsay, John F. Kennedy, Babe Ruth, Cher, Neil Diamond, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry Seinfeld, Sting... Zane Grey, Dashiell Hammett and Vachel Lindsay have all written at and about the hotel.
The Historic Davenport Hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 5, 1975.
#Tony Bamonte: Spokane's legendary Davenport Hotel
Tornado Creek Publications, 2001 | ISBN-10: 0965221970; ISBN-13: 978-0965221979
English language | 288 pages | Hardcover
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