PaliHotel (originally the Colonnade Hotel)

Vernacular style with Classical Revival elements, Charles H. Bebb – 1900
Near Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA


Historical & Community Significance

Our involvement with this worker hotel from 1900 comprises nearly all of our historic preservation and consulting services in a single project. The client wanted to develop the site into a contemporary boutique hotel with restaurant and bar, while preserving the historic features and enjoying the tax benefits that can result from designation on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the former Colonnade Hotel is a boutique hotel featuring an eclectic, yet approachable design vision, paying homage to the city’s Pacific Northwest sensibility with 96 guest rooms, The Hart and The Hunter restaurant and bar, coffee outpost and a cozy lobby lounge.

Built in 1900, the Colonnade Hotel was situated directly across First Avenue from the Pike Place Market at the very northern end of town. The hotel’s northern side was partially covered by mounds of soil from unimproved Pine Street. The regrading of Pine Street, begun in 1904, enlarged the right-of-way and resulted in a paved street. Along the building’s eastside concrete face (yes, in the alley) you can see the line from the original grade prior to the 1909 re-grade. The building’s association with this significant regrading activity is a major reason the building was landmarked and listed on the National Register. 

Landmark and Stewardship Services included
  • Prepared the National Register Nomination, coordinating with the State Historic Preservation Office and State Historic Architect, and consulted on the proposed design for rehabilitation.
  • Prepared the City of Seattle Landmark Nomination.
  • Collaborated with Gensler, the project architectural firm, to obtain Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board Certificate of Approval.
  • Facilitated procurement of Federal tax credits from the National Parks Service.
Supporting Preservation with Collaboration

Studio TJP often collaborates with other architectural firms, lending our historical expertise to obtain landmark status and tax credits to support preservation efforts. Federal tax credits for historic properties can equal 20% of the total project cost, incentives that make preservation and rehabilitation of National Register properties possible.

Contemporary photo by Studio TJP

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