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Then and Now: The Davenport Hotel

Twenty-year-old Llewelllyn “Louis” Marks Davenport arrived in Spokane in March of 1889 and helped manage his uncle’s restaurant. When most of the town burned down later that year, Davenport opened …

UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 9:57 p.m.

Palm Court Grill toasts Chihuly with dinner, hotel and ticket package

Palm Court Grill inside the Davenport is offering a five-course dinner, hotel and ticket package through June 23 in celebration of artist Dale Chihuly’s glass exhibit at Northwest Museum of …

100 years ago in Spokane: Local leaders work to form ‘army of ideas’ against bolshevism

A group of 23 civic leaders met at the Davenport Hotel and vowed to form “a great army of ideas pitted against the spirit of unrest, disloyalty, revolution and bolshevism.”

100 years ago in Spokane: 3,000 welcome returning World War I soldiers at Great Northern Depot

Spokane gave a delirious welcome to hundreds of returning soldiers at the Great Northern Depot.

Family’s miracle: Winning No. 1 prize at Christmas Tree Elegance

Vladislav and Svetlana Khashchuk won the Tree No. 1 package with $4,500 cash at Christmas Tree Elegance, just a month after launching a GoFundMe to help pay for diabetes treatments …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 10:37 p.m.

Christmas tree display benefiting Spokane Symphony contains memorial for late auto dealer, philanthropist

The family of Marlene Kay “Marti” Hollenback, who died suddenly last spring, have developed a Christmas package full of the late philanthropist and community volunteer’s favorite things. The tree, sponsored …

100 years ago in Spokane: As public celebrates end of World War I with 2 governors, flu germs spread

Washington Gov. Ernest Lister and Idaho Gov. Moses Alexander were in Spokane and spoke at community church services to mark the end of World War I.

100 years ago in Spokane: First local deaths in 1918 flu pandemic reported as hospitals hit capacity

Every hospital in Spokane was crowded to capacity with Spanish influenza cases, and authorities were seeking a large building with room for several hundred beds as a temporary flu hospital.

UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

Public memorial Thursday for late Davenport Hotel doorman John Reed

A public memorial is planned for John Reed, the longtime doorman at the Historic Davenport Hotel who died last month at age 88.

UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 9:35 a.m.

Davenport Hotel doorman John Reed dies after 75-year career

John Reed, the dapper doorman who greeted generations of visitors to the historic Davenport Hotel during an astonishing 75-year career, has died at age 88.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

Davenport’s Palm Court Grill re-creates final Titanic first-class dinner

The $50 prix fixe menu is available through May 20 to complement the MAC’s Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 6:20 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: With men sent to fight World War I, Davenport Hotel hires first ‘girl elevator operators’ in the U.S.

The Davenport Hotel introduced a startling innovation: A crew of “girl elevator operators.” They were, said the paper, “the first full crew of girl elevator operators in the employ of …

Window displays bring historic holiday spirit of the Crescent store to downtown Spokane

Historic Christmas window display figures from the old Crescent store have been uncovered and given new life at select locations in downtown Spokane this Yule season.

Chef Spotlight: Ian Wingate, executive chef at the Davenport Grand

7 Questions and a Recipe with Ian Wingate

100 years ago in Spokane: New theatrical circuit could bring top shows ‘in advance of their New York premieres’

Spokane was excited about the prospect of being one of the Northwest stops on a major new theatrical circuit being organized by A.L. Erlanger, “the Little Napoleon of the theater …

100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Richly-gowned folk’ at Davenport Hotel thrilled by World War I films

Lt. ieutenant George Roeder of the American Ambulance Field Service thrilled and horrified a crowd in a Davenport Hotel ballroom with his war films and lecture. “It was not picture …

Legacy of longtime Historic Davenport Hotel chef lives on in vintage recipes

Select recipes from Edward F. Mathieu’s vintage cookbook “The Life of A Chef”

Chef Spotlight: Adam Swedberg

7 Questions and a Recipe with Adam Swedberg, 38, executive banquet chef, Davenport Hotel Collection

100 years ago in Spokane: Davenport Hotel’s barbershop refuses to raise prices; streetcar cleaners on strike replaced

The largest barbershop in town – the Davenport Hotel barbershop – refused to raise its prices in accord with the other barbershops in town. The rest of them, under pressure …

UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 9:16 a.m.

Mission accomplished, Friends of the Davenport Hotel disband

Last week a group called Friends of the Davenport disbanded. Thirty-one years have come and gone since the group was created. Years marked by cutthroat business competition, some of most …

Dorothy Powers: All who met life’s joys at the Davenport Hotel mourned its closure

(This article first appeared on June 27, 1985.) This column is not for the “greats.”

Dorothy Powers: Reopened Davenport taught Spokane to dream again

(This article was written in July 2002.) Nobody can take away a dream and nobody did.

100 years ago in Spokane: After U.S. enters World War I, Davenport Hotel raises meal prices

World War I was lead to multiple menu changes at the Davenport Hotel’s restaurant.

100 years ago in Spokane: Patriotic citizens organize youth drum corps

Spokane’s young men were rushing off to war. Yet Spokane’s younger boys wanted to contribute, as well – in dozens of patriotic drum corps.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Davenport, other restaurants raise potato prices in response to war-time vegetable shortages

The lowly potato was making front page news because its price “continues to soar.” The Spokesman-Review said that the potato would soon be “classed as a luxury,” and that Davenport’s …

100 years ago in Spokane: Grocery company says hunter killed zoo bear; Ida Tarbell criticizes tariffs

The Spokane Table Supply Company claimed that the bear was, in fact, an old “pet” bear that had been kept in the Manito Park Zoo cages.

100 years ago in Spokane: Former world boxing champion ‘Ruby Robert’ Bob Fitzsimmons says he didn’t see his estranged wife in Davenport Hotel lobby

Two internationally known celebrities were playing out a bizarre marital spat in the lobby of the Davenport Hotel.

Then and Now: New Year’s Eve in Spokane

New Year’s Eve in Spokane was a little more festive after the Davenport Hotel opened in September 1914. It was the culmination of many years of planning by restaurateur Louis …

100 years ago in Spokane: Ex-wife of world champion boxer explains her conversion to Christianity

From our archive, 100 years ago The former Countess Zellen, a French opera star and now the wife of champion boxer “Ruby Bob” Fitzsimmons, arrived in Spokane in her new …

100 years ago in Spokane: Democratic Party women heckles Women’s Party at Davenport Hotel

From our archives, 100 years ago Democratic Party women “carried out a carefully planned coup” at a Spokane meeting of another fledgling party called the Women’s Party.