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Morrison Hotel

509 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101, United States
Date Built:
Original Architect /
James Schack and Daniel Huntington, Architects; Cawsey and Lohse, Contractor
Original Owners:
Irregular fenestration, decorative masonry features with eclectic detailing.

Historic Seattle’s Role:

The Morrison Hotel originally housed the Arctic Club, a social organization for veterans of the Klondike Gold Rush. The September 14, 1912 issue of Pacific Builder and Engineer described the building as the “richest and most commodious home of any social organization west of Chicago.”

In 2004, while renovating both the interior and exterior of the building, Morrison Hotel LLC gave Historic Seattle an exterior preservation easement of the facade for the purpose of preserving the building’s exterior appearance and materials. The property is a also contributing building to the Pioneer Square Preservation District.

Current and Future Uses:

The Morrison Hotel has played a vital role in providing emergency shelter and services to disabled homeless adults in Seattle. This 190-unit apartment building provides a range of support services to men and women with mental disorders, addictive illnesses, and physical disabilities.

Historic Seattle continues to hold a preservation easement of the exterior.


Image: Vintage postcard view of the Hotel Morrison, 1942

Ongoing Stewardship and Easements