The Roosevelt Inn

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Roosevelt School
Roosevelt School Old Pic.jpg
The Roosevelt School Circa 1910[1]
The Roosevelt Inn is located in Idaho
The Roosevelt Inn
The Roosevelt Inn is located in the US
The Roosevelt Inn
Location 1st and Wallace Streets, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Coordinates 47°40′37.75″N 116°47′6″W / 47.6771528°N 116.78500°W / 47.6771528; -116.78500Coordinates: 47°40′37.75″N 116°47′6″W / 47.6771528°N 116.78500°W / 47.6771528; -116.78500
Area less than one acre
Built 1905
Architect George Williams
Architectural style Queen Anne, Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 76000676[1]
Added to NRHP July 30, 1976

The Roosevelt Inn is located near downtown Coeur d'Alene in North Idaho.[2] Originally built in 1905 as the Roosevelt School, it is recognized as a historic building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3] It was converted into an inn in 1994.


The building was constructed in 1905 as an elementary school for grades first through sixth. The school was built primarily to service the needs of families in the city center. Initially two grades shared each class room, and on occasion the school would handle overflow from the high school. Due to growth in Coeur d'Alene, in the 1945 the school began serving only grades first through fourth. The building operated as a school through 1971 at which time a larger more modern school was erected. The original bell tower was destroyed during a wind storm in 1958. The bell tower was not fully restored until 1994.

After the building was no longer in use as an elementary school, the Board of Education used the facility as a storage and book depository until 1979. In 1979 the Board of Education sold the building to Jonas Marias who turned the Roosevelt School into an office building. During this renovation a third story was added to the building. This renovation reduced the original ceiling heights from 18 feet to 10 feet. The effects of this addition are seen in the bricks on the front facade which had to be installed to align the new windows.

Modern usage[edit]

The school was operated as an office building from 1982 until 1992 when it was converted to a bed and breakfast and reopened in 1994. Tina and John Hough purchased the property in 1999 and are the current Innkeepers. John Hough attended the Roosevelt School as a student from first to fourth grade. Operating as a bed and breakfast The Roosevelt Inn has fifteen rooms and wheelchair access.

A renovation of the bell tower took place in 2000, turning it into a two-story suite which looks out on Lake Coeur d'Alene. In 2008 the basement of the school was renovated into a banquet hall and meeting facility capable of seating up to 50 people.

The Roosevelt Inn Bed and Breakfast

In 2012, the Roosevelt Inn was featured in the season 1 finale of the Fox television show Hotel Hell with Gordon Ramsay. The show renovations included the honeymoon suite, and reception and much of the decor.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Contact/About Us". Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ The Roosevelt School. National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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