The Davenport Hotel opened in September 1914. It was the culmination of many years of planning by restaurateur Louis Davenport.
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Davenport Hotel under construction first guests in 1913.
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Davenport Hotel under construction in 1913.
Louis M. Davenport, Owner-Manager Davenport Hotel
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Davenport Hotel Lobby Showing Fireplace in 1919
Davenport Hotel Lincoln & Sprague in 1922.
Davenport Hotel & Restaurant Delicacy Shop - south corner left, completed Clemmer (state) theater. Right background - west in 1922.
Merrymakers pose for a group photo during a New Year's Eve party in the Marie Antoinette room at the Davenport Hotel in 1923. Entertainment that evening included dance revues and a "minstrel" dance band with at least one white musician in blackface makeup. By all accounts, proprietor Louis Davenport abided by the laws of Prohibition, but people still flocked to the Davenport for New Year's Eve parties each year, even after Washington state enacted its own limited prohibition that began on Jan. 1, 1916.
Davenport Lobby 1926 Looking toward 1st Ave
Davenport Hotel in 1930.
Copy photo of Babe Ruth (left) standing in front of the Davenport Hotel, Spokane, from the 1930s
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Large group of people on stairway at Davenport Hotel in this undated photo.
In this May 28, 1939 the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway visited Spokane. The picture shows them in front of the Davenport Hotel. Left to right: James McCluskey of the Davenport hotel, Princess Martha, Prince Olav, Eric Johnston
Gail Shatwell of Spokane takes a sneak-peek at the new eight-sided pool, which was the focal point of an "aqua terrace and lounge." More than 500 civic and business leaders, newspaper, radio and television representatives were invited to the dedication in the summer of 1957 where a fashion show, water show and diving displays were on the agenda.
This replica of the Seattle World's Fair Space Needle was erected in 1963 in the lobby of the Davenport Hotel. Mounted in the central fountain and painted in gleaming white, it rises 21 feet, practically to the ceiling. The restaurant and observation tower are in gold with amber lights. Carl Larson, Davenport carpenter, created the "needle" in his spare time. The tall, slender structure boasts more than 300 lights.
Champagne Ball Davenport Hotel Lobby in 1965.
Davenport Hotel Restaurant in 1971.
Davenport Hotel Restaurant stairway in 1971.
Davenport Hotel lobby in 1978.
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