History & Architecture

Davenport Hotel's Rich History

The Historic Davenport Hotel opened in 1914 as a destination in its own right. It was to be a place where guests could experience a singular combination of world-class service, palatial splendor, and inviting warmth. Constructed in 1914 under the auspices of Louis Davenport, The Historic Davenport Hotel has served as a beacon of culture and refinement throughout the region for the better part of a century.

Explore the details that made The Historic Davenport Hotel “The Pride of an Empire”.

The Historic Davenport Hotel has served as a beacon of culture and refinement throughout the region for the better part of a century. In 2002, after the hotel narrowly escaped demolition, Walt and Karen Worthy completed a multimillion-dollar restoration. They spared no expense in restoring its priceless glamour.

The Historic Davenport Hotel is a regional landmark and masterpiece of the acclaimed architect Kirtland Cutter. Grand rooms like the Spanish Renaissance lobby or the Hall of Doges, Spokane's oldest and most exquisite ballroom, draw tourists and architectural aficionados alike. Such extraordinary features have helped The Historic Davenport Hotel earn a prized spot on the National Register of Historic Places. During the hotel's renovation in 2000, the hand-painted frescoes, ornate woodwork and European-inspired marble were all meticulously restored, including the genuine gold leaf around the lobby hearth and the year-round lit fireplace – both hallmarks of Davenport hospitality since the hotel opened its doors a century ago.

The Davenport Hotel: Grand Again

The Historic Davenport Hotel, was the most modern hostelry in the United States when it opened in 1914. It was the first hotel with air conditioning, a pipe organ, a central vacuum system, housekeeping carts and accordion ballroom doors. The Historic Davenport Hotel shut down in 1985. But local entrepreneurs, Walt and Karen Worthy bought the hotel in 2000 and gave it a top-to-bottom renovation. The Davenport is grand again!

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A History of Modernity

The Historic Davenport Hotel's cutting-edge approach to hospitality hasn't faded over the years. In fact, The Historic Davenport Hotel can be counted among the world’s greenest, most energy-efficient buildings. In 2011, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded LEED® Certification to The Historic Davenport Hotel and The Davenport Tower, making it the only hotel in the state of Washington to obtain Gold status of this prestigious rating system.

Famous Guests

When you walk through The Historic Davenport Hotel, you walk in the footsteps of film stars, explorers, writers, politicians and other luminaries who, like you, have all marveled at The Historic Davenport Hotel. Famous guests include:

  • Charles Lindbergh
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Mary Pickford
  • Clark Gable
  • John Philip Sousa
  • Lawrence Welk
  • Bob Hope
  • Bing Crosby
  • Benny Goodman
  • Vachel Lindsay
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Babe Ruth
  • Vickie Laurence
  • Cuba Gooding Jr.
  • Angie Harmon
  • James Woods
  • Burt Reynolds
  • Josh Hartnett
  • James Spader
  • Henry Winkler
  • Ray Allen
  • Kristi Yamaguchi
  • Michelle Kwan
  • Dennis Franz
  • Huey Lewis & The News
  • Sandra Day O'Connor
  • Salma Hayek
  • Jessica Biel
  • Samuel L Jackson
  • 50 Cent
  • Debbie Reynolds
  • Wayne Newton
  • Christina Ricci
  • John Travolta
  • Harry Connick Jr.
  • Kevin Durant
  • Keith Urban
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Tony Bennett
  • Jay Leno
  • Howie Mandel
  • Neil Sedaka
  • Bob Newhart
  • Carrie Underwood
  • BB King
  • Ringo Starr
  • Michael McDonald
  • Charro
  • Cheech & Chong
  • Regis Philbin
  • KD Lang
  • Dick Cheney
  • Don Rickles
  • Bernadette Peters
  • Taylor Swift
  • Jay Mohr
  • Pat Benatar
  • Demi Moore
  • David Duchovny
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Peter Frampton
  • John Tesh
  • Wynonna Judd
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Michael Bolton
  • Bryan Adams
  • Cheap Trick
  • Neil Everett
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Melanie Griffith
  • Ed Asner
  • Natalie Cole
  • Conan O'Brien
  • Doobie Brothers
  • Zig Ziglar
  • Travis Tritt
  • Dane Cook
  • Sarah McLaughlin
  • Yanni
  • Rod Stewart
  • Andy Garcia
  • Tony Hawk
  • Jim Gaffigan
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Tracy Morgan
  • LeAnn Rimes
  • Sarah Palin
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Russell Wilson
  • Dennis Miller
  • Jay Bilas
  • Dana Carvey
  • Kid Rock
  • Meredith Vieira