AKA: Palladian Apartments, Downtown, Seattle, WA

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

Designers: White, William P., Architect (firm); William Pole White (architect)

Dates: constructed 1909-1910

9 stories

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2000 2nd Avenue
Downtown, Seattle, WA 98101

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Building History

Scott Calhoun commissioned architect William P. White (d. 1932) to design this nine-story, 175-room hotel, located near the Pike Place Market, the first phases of which had been completed in 1907.

J. Werner was succeeded by A.E. Boyer as the hotel's manager during the mid-twentieth century.

In 1953, Arthur E. Boyer managed the Hotel Calhoun. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1953, p. 643.) At this time, it stood across the street from the Hotel Commodore at 2013 2nd Avenue in Downtown Seattle.

Building Notes

Woodbridge and Montgomery, in their Guide to Architecture in Washington State, (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1980), p. 140, indicated that the building dated from 1918; this was incorrect. It was built 1909-1910, during an apartment building boom in Seattle, WA, between 1906-1910. Many apartments were built in preparation for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909 and to house the rapidly expanding city, grown prosperous in the wake of the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890s.

In the mid-1900s, the hotel advertised itself as "the nearest hotel to the Canadian Pacific docks."

In 2012, this building housed the Palladian Apartments as well as the Cafe d'Arte (formerly Caffe Mauro). The City of Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board designated the Calhoun Hotel/Palladian Apartments a Seattle City Landmark at their meeting on 11/16/2011.

Seattle Historic Landmark (2011-11-16): ID n/a

PCAD id: 6324