AKA: The Stockade Hotel, West Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels; built works - dwellings -public accommodations - lodges

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1903

3 stories

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3099 63rd Avenue SW
West Seattle, Seattle, WA 98116

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The section of West Seattle known as Alki was a popular summer vacation spot for Seattle residents and others by 1905. The Stockade Hotel was complete by 1903, parts of the Luna Park Amusement Park were in operation by 1905 and a number of summer cottages were erected nearby to the hotel. Most Seattle residents took small ferries to get over to Alki, as road and causeways were still primitive at this time.

Building History

Arthur A. Smith commissioned the construction of the Stockade Hotel in 1903. The West Seattle local history, West Side Story (1987), said of the hotel: "Across the street from the [Luna Park] natatorium, at the present intersection of 63rd and Alki avenues, stood the Stockade Hotel, 'one of the finest summer hotels in the Pacific Northwest,' touted the [West Seattle] Tribune. Built by Arthur A. Smith in 1903, the hotel had become a popular gathering place for Seattle's well-to-do, and on Nov. 13, 1905, the birthplace of Seattle monument was dedicated in its original location on the hotel grounds." (See West Seattle Herald/White Center News, West Side Story, [Seattle: West Seattle Herald/White Center News, 1987], p. 42.)

This 3-story hotel had a rustic look, its double-height, wrap-around porch supported by rough-hewn logs. It had a compound hipped roof with gabled dormers.

PCAD id: 12990