AKA: University Tower Hotel, Best Western, University District, Seattle, WA; Hotel Deca, University District, Seattle, WA

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

Designers: Naramore, Bain, Brady, and Johanson, (NBBJ) (firm); Reamer, Robert C., Architect (firm); William James Bain Sr. (architect); William James Bain Jr. (architect); Clifton J. Brady (architect); Perry Bertil Johanson (architect); Floyd Archibald Naramore (architect); Robert Chambers Reamer (architect)

Dates: constructed 1929-1931

16 stories

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4507 Brooklyn Avenue NE
University District, Seattle, WA 98105-4508

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The unique faceted design of the Meany Hotel's rooms enabled space to be added to each space and to provide increased surface area for windows to admit majestic views to the east and west.

Building History

In 1953, the management team of the Edmond Meany Hotel included Evro Becket, President-Managing Director, Cassius E. Gates, Secretary, and Arthur B. Langlie, Treasurer. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1953, p. 643.) This directory indicated that Arthur Bernard Langlie (1900-1966), the treasurer, lived in Olympia, WA, in 1953, and was, in fact, the Governor of the State of WA. He served as Mayor of Seattle between 04/27/1938 and 01/11/1941 and Governor between 01/13/1941 and 01/08/1945 and 01/12/1949 and 01/14/1957.

Evro M. Becket (1886-1960) lived in the hotel from the late 1930s into the 1950s, at least, and was the elder brother of the highly successful Los Angeles architect Welton Becket (1900-1969). (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1953, p. 113.)

Building Notes

The Meany Hotel was one of the most notable Art Deco high-rises in Seattle, WA. In 1935, the Arctic Club maintained dining rooms in the Meany Hotel. (See University of Washington Tyee Yearbook, 1935, p. 265.) It later became known as the "Meany Tower Hotel."

in 2008, as the "Hotel Deca," it had 158 rooms and 6,650 square feet of meeting space. Noble House Hotels and Resorts managed the Hotel Deca in 2008. It operated as the Hotel Deca between 09/2007 and 11/2017 at least.

Ben Weprin (born 06/28/1978 in Dayton, OH), Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AJ Capital Partners, purchased the Hotel Deca on 02/02/2017, and financed the remodeling of the facility between early 2017 and late 2018. The hotel became rebranded as "The Graduate Seattle" in 11/2018. This chain had other 11 previous hotels in large college towns, including Ann Arbor, MI, Athens, GA, Charlottesville, VA, Madison, WI, Oxford, MS, Tempe, AZ, Berkeley, CA, Lincoln, NE, Minneapolis, MN, and Richmond, VA. (See Sarah Anne Lloyd, Curbed Seattle.com, "Graduate Seattle opens in former Hotel Deca," published 11/13/2018, accessed 09/03/2019 and Hospitality.net, "AJ Capital Partners Acquires Hotel Deca In Seattle, Washington - To Be Converted into a Graduate Hotel," published 02/02/2017, accessed 09/03/2019.) AJ Capital Partners, based in Chicago, IL, was founded in 2014.


The Meany Hotel had its interior completely renovated c. 1990, leaving little trace of the original Art Deco ornamentation.

Seattle architecture firm, NBBJ, supervised guest room and lobby renovations in 2007.

The interior was redesigned before the hotel's rechristening as "The Graduate Seattle." Accroding to a press release of 02/2017, this refurbishment accomplished the following: "The hotel will undergo a renovation, which will touch all guestrooms, common areas, meeting and event spaces, fitness center and the hotel lobby. In addition, Graduate Hotels will introduce a lobby bar, as well as a rooftop bar and restaurant with 360 degree views of downtown Seattle and Mount Rainier. The rooftop bar will contain both indoor and outdoor space to accommodate Seattle's weather conditions allowing for a year-round experience.

PCAD id: 4971