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.
Prepping for an auto show in the lobby, 1915.
Lobby with carved beams and gold leaf.
Stained glass ceiling in the Peacock bar
A stuffed and mounted ALBINO peacock.
These chandeliers, like most of the fixtures, are original 1914 and cost $10,000 each. A typical house at the time cost $8k.
Loads more photos are on the internet.
We’ll get back into the Veloce restoration articles next week…