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Davenport Hotel

February 4, 2011
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Family circumstances took us to Spokane last week.   With a choice of hotels in town, of course we went for the oldest one, the Davenport of 1904-1914.  Designed by Kirtland Cutter, it was the place to be in the 19teens through the midcentury.  Echoing the designs of old world mansions, it has several ballrooms, a grand lobby with a mezzanine and is dripping with ornamentation of medallions, stained glass, applied gold leaf, chandeliers of Venetian glass, etc.  Workers in the basement washed and polished the money for the cash registers after they finished polishing the silver flatware.  The hotel became weathered over the years, and was famously restored in 2000 with essentially all the original details intact.  While it isn’t as affordable as a stay in a Motel 6, there are some good prices during the off season.

 

After a few adult beverages, we took the self-guided tour and snapped some photos.  A ballroom built in 1904 based on the Palace of the Doges in Venice.

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Prepping for an auto show in the lobby, 1915.

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Lobby with carved beams and gold leaf.

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Stained glass ceiling in the Peacock bar

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A stuffed and mounted ALBINO peacock.

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These chandeliers, like most of the fixtures, are original 1914 and cost $10,000 each.  A typical house at the time cost $8k.

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Loads more photos are on the internet

 

 

We’ll get back into the Veloce restoration articles next week…

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Petty #55 permalink
    February 4, 2011 3:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing the photos Pete. Very nice place. I just love the old places as well. Grew up in a house built in 1890, Seven fire places and a stairway that would cost a fortune to build now. I always wondered why couldn’t we afford a new house. Now I’d love to have that place.

    • February 4, 2011 3:54 pm

      Hi Jim. Old homes were built so well. It’s unfortunate that our society has evolved such that we can no longer afford to buy new things that are built well. Consequently, “new” is a bad word for me. I like to make old things work they way they are supposed to. But I do buy some things new, like socks and computers. 😉

  2. February 4, 2011 6:40 pm

    I’ll take the stained glass ceiling please. Thank you, Paul

  3. February 9, 2011 9:43 am

    so beautiful!!!!

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