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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 Davenport. Advertisements for the new hotel offered a full holiday dinner for $2 a plate on New Year’s Eve, and there would be dancing to the Davenport orchestra with vocalist Gladys Vogel. The Pantages Theater and others offered vaudeville performances, and ballrooms offered dancing till midnight.

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, Arizona.

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 Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu, called “Eckart and Friends.”

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A well-dressed man walked into the Spokane police station with an odd request: He wanted help in “finding himself.”

NC, Rogers students honored for being first in family to graduate

Lacey Sutton is the first in her family to graduate from high school, an accomplishment the Spokane teen calls a decent start. “I don’t like to feel too proud of myself, because I’m not all the way to my goal,” she said. The North Central High School senior will boast when she graduates from college.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A party of 11 British “colonists” arrived in Spokane to settle on farms in the Spokane Valley.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The auto was firmly established in Spokane, as evidenced by the fact that Spokane now had 42 auto dealers and supply houses. In fact, there were so many auto businesses that a grand auto show was being planned in the lobby of the Davenport Hotel.

Worthys want their new hotel to ‘wow’ visitors

Like their other projects in Spokane, the Davenport Grand Hotel – soon to be the largest in Spokane – is a personal expression of owners Walt and Karen Worthy. During the planning, for example, the two were captivated by a brightly colored wool carpet they saw in the Encore at Wynn hotel in Las Vegas.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s first Red Cross organization was formally established in a meeting of 50 women at the Davenport Hotel’s Elizabethan Room.