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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.


Man evades police, ‘hocks a loogie’ at officers

A man is facing assault charges for spitting on two officers after he evaded police into the third floor of a downtown building.


Woman who owned Jewel Box inside Davenport Hotel remembered by family

Marie Burns didn’t set out to be a business owner, but she still owned and operated a jewelry and gift store called the Jewel Box inside the Davenport Hotel for …


100 years ago in Spokane: 236 cars in nighttime parade celebrate second auto show at Davenport Hotel

From our archives, 100 years ago A parade of 236 decorated autos swept through Spokane in a “magnificent night spectacle.”


100 years ago in Spokane: Magazine convention features extravagance at Davenport Hotel

From our archives, 100 years ago The Curtis Publishing Company, publisher of the Saturday Evening Post and other popular magazines, held its district convention in Spokane, and the gala banquet …


100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor wavers on hiring first female police officer

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s attempt to hire its first woman police officer hit a second snag.


Worthy testing waters on possible Davenport sale

A national commercial real estate website is soliciting bids for a possible sale of the Davenport Hotels. Real Capital Markets listed the hotels as represented by a brokerage in Scottsdale, …


Walla Walla winery to open tasting room in Davenport Hotel

Va Piano Vineyards in south Walla Walla County is opening a new tasting room in March on the ground floor of the Davenport Hotel.


Christmas Tree Elegance is ending fashion show luncheons

Christmas Tree Elegance, the Spokane Symphony’s long-running fundraiser, is dropping its fashion show luncheons this year. Instead, the event will feature one luncheon, on Dec. 9, with music by Spokane …