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        The Davenport Hotel: Grand Again | Rebuilding a City Landmark

        The Davenport Hotel was the most modern hostelry in the United States when it opened in 1914. It was the first hotel with air conditioning, the first with a pipe organ, and the first with a central vacuum system. 

        The 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!

        With these video and curriculum resources, students will examine the cultural and economic significance of local landmarks within a community.

        Introduction | The Davenport Hotel: Rebuilding a City Landmark

        The Davenport Hotel opens in 1914 and becomes the crown jewel of Spokane, hosting countless luminaries, banquets, and special occasions in the city.

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        Louis Davenport | The Davenport Hotel: Rebuilding a City Landmark

        In the spring of 1889, Louis Davenport comes to Spokane from California and, in his twenties, becomes a restaurateur, leasing a restaurant from his uncle. This restaurant is destroyed by the 1889 Spokane fire and, soon after, Davenport opens a “Waffle Foundry” which later becomes the Davenport Rest

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        Kirtland Cutter | The Davenport Hotel: Rebuilding a City Landmark

        Kirtland Kelsey Cutter is one of the local entrepreneurs who helps to rebuild Spokane after the 1889 fire. As an architect, he designs homes and buildings for the city’s business leaders, including Louis Davenport.

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        Transforming the Davenport Restaurant | The Davenport Hotel: Rebuilding a City Landmark

        At the turn of the century, Davenport hires Cutter to redesign the Davenport Restaurant. Cutter transforms the restaurant’s plain-looking building into a work of art, adding a mission revival style facade of white stucco, arched windows, and a red-tile roof.

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        Universal Center | The Davenport Hotel: Rebuilding a City Landmark

        In the 1940s, the Davenport Restaurant is the epicenter of business and culture in Spokane.

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        Building the Davenport | The Davenport Hotel: Rebuilding a City Landmark

        Building of the Davenport Hotel starts in 1909 with a design by Kirtland Cutter and opens on September 1, 1909. The hotel has 405 rooms and is the first hotel with air conditioning, a pipe organ, and central vacuum system.

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        Special Rooms | The Davenport Hotel: Rebuilding a City Landmark

        The Marie Antoinette Ballroom was the social center of the Davenport Hotel. The Circus Room was created to honor Davenport’s friend who had a passion for the circus.

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        Closing the Hotel | The Davenport Hotel: Rebuilding a City Landmark

        In 1945, Davenport sells the hotel. The new owners attempt to modernize the hotel in the 1960s and 1970s, stripping the hotel of its historical roots. Visits decline and the hotel closes its doors in the summer of 1985.

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        New Owners | The Davenport Hotel: Rebuilding a City Landmark

        Local entrepreneurs, Walt and Karen Worthy, buy the Davenport in 2000. Walt and Karen work to maintain and to modernize the hotel as Spokane’s landmark.

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        The Renovation | The Davenport Hotel: Rebuilding a City Landmark

        The Davenport needs a top-to-bottom renovation. Walt and Karen Worthy visit countless hotels to garner ideas for building a new, modern Davenport Hotel.

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        Business Community | The Davenport Hotel: Rebuilding a City Landmark

        Spokane’s business community helped save the Davenport Hotel.

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        Restoration | The Davenport Hotel: Rebuilding a City Landmark

        Walt and Karen Worthy brought the Davenport Hotel back to life not, just as a business but as a significant local landmark.

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