Seattle City Council recently approved the landmark designation ordinances for two Seattle landmarks: Colonnade Hotel in Downtown and Anhalt Hall in University District. These buildings join the more than 400 landmarks in the city that contribute to the cultural and architectural heritage of Seattle’s neighborhoods.
The Colonnade Hotel was originally constructed in 1900 as a four-story brick worker hotel building. The building was designed by Charles H. Bebb and stylistically it could be identified as a vernacular building with some elements of the Classical Revival style. The building was partially demolished and rebuilt in 1911 due to the regrading and removal of Denny Hill – this work is still evident on the north elevation of the building.
Anhalt Hall is a 1928 apartment building in the University District now named for its original builder Frederick Anhalt. Mr. Anhalt’s residential buildings are typically characterized as Jacobean or Tudor Revival, and most extant works are located in Capitol Hill. Anhalt Hall survived the construction of Interstate 5, sold at auction in 1958, and was moved two blocks east to its current site.
The City’s Landmarks Preservation Board approved the nominations, designations, and controls and incentives for these landmarks, and staff provided the draft ordinances to the Seattle City Council. The final step in the process was approval by City Council which occurred on September 24.
As designated City landmarks, both buildings are not only recognized for their historic and cultural significance, but they are also eligible for economic incentives and technical assistance that can help contribute to the continued preservation of the landmarks.
The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of more than 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as eight historic districts located throughout the city. For more information on the landmark designation process and to view other city landmarks, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation.