The Davenport Hotel & Tower
"In all things, the hotel sincerely tries to so well please its guests that they will be glad they came, sorry to leave and eager to return."
Louis Davenport, 1914. Walt Worthy, 2002.
The Davenport Hotel is world famous from opening day in 1914. It is the first hotel with air conditioning, a central vacuum system, housekeeping carts (designed by Louis Davenport himself), air walls and Crab Louis, the king of salads (named for Louis Davenport). The Spokane newspaper introduces the hotel to the public with a special Sunday insert trumpeting "the new two million dollar hostelry of Spokane," even though the project is 50% over budget and actually costs $3 million.
At its opening, The Davenport Hotel is the largest private telephone branch exchange in the entire Pacific Northwest (with 450 handsets) and is similarly the largest and most complicated plumbing job (with 30-miles of pipes delivering hot, cold and drinking water to every one of its 405 rooms). Gilded with gold, sparkled by crystal and illuminated throughout with "electroliers," it is as grand as the finest ocean liners of the day. It is truly one of America's exceptional hotels.