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Seattle Hotel

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The Seattle Hotel also known as Hotel Seattle was the third of three hotels located in Pioneer Square in a triangular block bound by James Street to the north, Yesler Way to the south, and 2nd Avenue to the east, and just steps away from the Pioneer Building It was built in 1890 from the ashes of the Great Seattle Fire and served as a hotel until early in the 20th Century By the time neighboring Smith Tower was completed in 1914, the Seattle Hotel had become an office building


  • 1 Precursor: The Occidental Hotel, I and II 1861–1889
  • 2 Description
  • 3 Significance of its Demolition
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Precursor: The Occidental Hotel, I and II 1861–1889edit

Before the Seattle Hotel rose in 1890, there was the Occidental Hotel1 The first Occidental, which opened in 1861, was a wooden building Twenty years later, on September 26, 1881, it held a memorial service for President James Garfield, who had died five days earlier from injuries sustained when he was shot in July

In 1883, the wooden structure was torn down and John Collins built a bigger, grander one in the same location It lasted just four years, before burning down in the Great Seattle Fire on June 6, 1889 The second Occidental Hotel, like the Seattle Hotel, was also triangular-shaped


The Seattle Hotel was a triangular-shaped building much like the Flatiron Building in Manhattan, New York, with its narrow face located at the junction of James and Yesler It stood five stories high and for much of its existence bore the inscription "1890" above the fifth-story window, signifying the year it was completed

Significance of its Demolitionedit

Abandoned by 1961, the Seattle Hotel was torn down and replaced with a parking garage, derisively called the "Sinking Ship" as part of the initial stages of an urban-renewal plan that would level all the old buildings in the district That was as far as the plan went The old hotel's demise kicked off a preservation movement spearheaded by the likes of Alan Black, Victor Steinbrueck and historian/author Bill Speidel which led to a revival of the Pioneer Square district By 1970, with its buildings refurbished, a historic district area including the Square was listed on the National Register of Historic Places


  1. ^ Dorpat, Paul 19 September 2014 "See Seattle’s grand Occidental Hotel in 1887" seattletimescom Retrieved 8 February 2015 

External linksedit

  • HistoryLink Essay - Occidental Hotel: The Rise, Fall, Rise, and Fall of Pioneer Square's Historic Hotel
  • HistoryLink Essay - Now & Then -- Seattle Hotel vs the Sinking Ship
  • Historic Seattle: History of Historic Preservation In Seattle
  • WhiteHousegov: Biography of James Garfield
  • Glass Steel and Stone: Flatiron Building

Coordinates: 47°36′07″N 122°19′58″W / 4760194°N 12233278°W / 4760194; -12233278

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