AKA: Tell, William, Apartments, Belltown, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses - apartment houses; built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: Holmes, J. Lister, Architect (firm); Joseph Lister Holmes Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1925

3 stories

2327 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121-1782

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During the 1920s, movie studios operated regional distribution centers in this section of Belltown; out-of town agents, studio executives, and movie personalities, and exhibitors would stay in neighborhood hotels like the Lorraine. Plymouth Housing Group, which owned about 12 low-income properties in Seattle in 2008, rented 45 of the units in the building to low-income residents for over two decades; this ended in 11/8008, when they sold it to Gibraltar of Seattle for $3.1 million. Plymouth sold the property due to the potential costs of required renovation. Gibraltar, a real estate investment firm touting its sensitivity to historic preservation, initially indicated an interest to transform the building into a small hotel or hostel. A new hostel, City Hostel Seattle--renovated at a cost of $750,000--opened in the Lorraine on 08/14/2009, operated by Lee Kindell and Nancy Gambin. John Slonecker was the President of Gibraltar supervised the acquisition of the Lorraine and its renovation.

This three-story apartment hotel building was erected in 1925; it featured delicate Italian Renaissance detailing, seen especially well around the front door.

The 2008-2009 renovation, overseen by the Gibraltar real estate firm, featured artwork by young Seattle artists in each room.

PCAD id: 13272