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Davenport Hotel

Davenport Hotel

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Davenport Hotel

10 S. Post St.



Type:  Neighborhoods & Districts

Originally built in 1914, the Davenport Hotel was once one of the grandest hotels in the country. Gilded and sparkling with crystal, the $3 million hotel was a gem of architectural opulence and technological ingenuity. Designed by financier Louis Davenport and famed architect Kirtland Cutter, the hotel was a model of efficiency and innovative technology that included air conditioning, a central vacuum system, housekeeping carts (patterned by Davenport himself), accordion ballroom doors and Crab Louis. Attracting presidents, international royalty and Hollywood legends such as Mary Pickford, Clark Gable, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, the Davenport was a playground for high society and an elegant pillar of Cutter’s design. Fast-forward to 1985, the disheveled Davenport closed and demolition crews were at the ready. Seventeen years later, after escaping the wrecking ball due to an asbestos concern, the abandoned hotel was restored to an updated version of its original grandeur. Take a tour of the lobby and mezzanine area and see the hotel’s history and subsequent rebirth.
Davenport Hotel
10 S. Post St.

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