Melville Holmes has been associated with Spokane’s famous historic Davenport Hotel since its renovation began in September of 2000. Known as the hotel’s “Artist-in-Residence,” Holmes was responsible for much of the aesthetic renovation of its interior. Additionally, he has been involved in other projects for the Davenport Collection of hotels, including the Davenport Tower Hotel, the Post Street Ale House, and to a lesser extent the Hotel Lusso and the Davenport Grand Hotel.
“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!” Click to see KSPS’s presentation of the full PBS video: The Davenport Hotel: Grand Again. Narrated by Ellen Travolta.