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Then and Now: Hall of Doges

Louis Davenport opened Davenport’s Restaurant in 1890 at the corner of Post Street and Sprague Avenue. It expanded with its popularity, taking over the whole building. Davenport also bought the building to the south, calling it the Pennington Hotel. Kirtland Cutter was hired to redesign the facades of both buildings, unifying them into mission style with red roof tile, stucco siding and arched windows.

First-class relics

The cost to mail a first-class letter increases by a penny Sunday, from 44 cents to 45 cents. In the early 1900s, it cost 2 cents to mail a letter. Those days are gone forever, but some historic mailboxes are still in use.

Spokane man recalls Pearl Harbor attack

In 1941, Bob Snider was an 8-year-old kid interested in the world of 8-year-old kids, Oahu version: climbing trees, going shoeless on the beach, and studying the massive Navy fleet docked not far from his front door on Pearl Harbor. “I passed them on the way to school,” Snider said. “Of course I was fascinated by boats.”

Suspect in Davenport Hotel fraud convicted in Louisiana

A man accused of stealing from the Davenport Hotel after being hired under a stolen identity has been sentenced in federal court in Louisiana for a similar scheme. William Joseph Johnson Jr., 55, is to serve about five years in prison for charges related to a $77,000 fraud he perpetrated against a hotel chain based in Natchitoches, La., between October 2006 and January 2007.

Christmas Tree Elegance is twice as nice this year

Spokane’s annual Christmas Tree Elegance will be twice as elegant this holiday season. Elaborately decorated themed trees, with accompanying prize packages, will be raffled not only at the usual location, the Davenport Hotel, but also River Park Square.

Spotlight: Davenport Arts District ends with a $17,000 bang

The Davenport Arts District has ended its 25-year legacy in Spokane with one final generous act: It has donated $17,000 to the Spokane Arts Fund, the nonprofit organization of the Spokane Arts Commission. The district was formed to promote revitalization of the area surrounding the Davenport Hotel, with a focus on the arts. With the subsequent restoration of the hotel and the Fox Theater – and a full calendar of events at the Bing Crosby Theater and the Knitting Factory Concert House – the area has indeed become a lively center for the arts.

Tapping into the South Hill

The Manito Tap House is too loud. There are too many beers on tap. And that’s just the beginning of the charm. Owners Patrick McPherson and his mother Denise Hanson are partners in the new tap house and pub on Spokane’s South Hill.

Editorial: Restoration of Ridpath calls for aid, patience

The Ridpath needs friends. The Davenport Hotel had them, and through the 17 years Spokane’s architectural gem was shuttered they watched and waited for its rebirth. The friends and the community were well-rewarded for their patience.

Man suspected in other assaults

A man accused of raping a woman at the Davenport Hotel last weekend also is a suspect in two sexual assaults involving minors, court officials said Wednesday.