AKA: Corona Lofts, Seattle, WA; Oriental Building, Seattle, WA

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

Designers: Bebb and Mendel, Architects (firm); Charles Herbert Bebb ; Louis Leonard Mendel Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1902-1903

6 stories

606-610 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-2256

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The six-story Corona Hotel, completed in 1903 to the designs of Bebb and Mendel, has some of the most beautiful and delicate architectural terra cotta in Seattle, based on the organic design philosophy of Louis Henry Sullivan (1856-1924), the great Chicago architect.

Building History

A number of early Seattle architects, such as Charles Herbert Bebb, came to the city from the Midwest. Bebb had worked in the Adler and Sullivan Office in Chicago, IL, and this experience can be seen clearly in the Sullivanesque ornamentation evident on the façade of the Corona Hotel. The ornamental frieze over the front door is probably the best example of Sullivan’s influence in the city.

PCAD id: 5344