David Schwartz

Samantha White still marvels at the resilience of a 130-year-old Arts and Crafts-style bungalow that sits a few blocks from downtown Flagstaff. It seems neither rain nor snow, and neither fire nor one particularly colorful tenant, could keep it down. “This used to be a fraternity house,” says White, general manager of the historic Bespoke Inn Flagstaff since March 2023. “How it’s still standing, I will never know. I think it was pretty much like the movie Animal House here for years.”

But survive it has. And now, a venerable property that once was among the city’s grandest has a new owner and attitude to go along with the altitude, with steps being taken to move it into modern times. A fresh coat of paint was applied to the interior and exterior, the rooms were renovated and equipped with upgraded amenities, and the courtyard was overhauled and redone. “We really did a full renovation of the property,” White says. “We basically stripped it down to the studs and brought it back to life.”

In a former life, the property started as a single-story, one-bedroom house built by J.A. “Slow” Wilson in 1894 for city attorney E.S. Clark, who later became the Arizona Territory’s attorney general. It grew in prominence when businessman Thomas E. Pollock purchased the home and had it prepared in grand style for his new bride by expanding the residence and adding a carriage house, according to a historical account. The area became a hub for the city’s social elite, including prominent families such as the Babbitts. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

The property has had several owners and rebirths over the years, most recently becoming a B&B called the Inn at 410. In 2021, Bespoke Ventures bought the inn and began readying the aging property for yet another generation. One prominent element that remains, though, is the original hardwood floor in the lobby.

Eleven rooms now are available, with the last two having been rehabbed and opened to guests in January. Accommodations range from a 225-square-foot king room to a nearly 1,000-square-foot, apartment-style suite. The rooms are keyless, opened via a code emailed to guests. A welcome note is left on the pillow. The lamps are on when guests walk inside. And White says guests get a healthy dose of Flagstaff, from in-room coffee by a local roaster to wine and cheese from a downtown restaurant. Other local businesses provide doggie biscuits for furry visitors and tea for human guests.

“It is a fun piece of Flagstaff,” White says, “and it’s nice to know that we’ve revived something that was a large piece of this place for a long time.”

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Bespoke Inn Flagstaff
410 N. Leroux Street
Flagstaff, AZ
United States