Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Berkshire Hotel Building, Seattle, WA

ID: 13397
Construction Date: Start Date: 1902
End Date: 1903
Notes: Architect Edwin W. Houghton (1856-1927) created a Neo-classical design for the Berkshire Hotel. Soon after opening, c. 1904, its first floor housed three small storefronts: the local Smith Premier Typewriter Sales and Repair Shop, the Perry Tea and Coffee Company, and the White Butter Store. The Smith Store was a local outlet for the same firm that built the Smith Tower. The second and third floors displayed most of the classical ornamentation and were divided into three symmetrical bays. On both floors, a central section was lit by groups of six arched windows, with classical columns separating them into pairs. On either side were bays with one double hung window each; on the second floor, a pediment topped the window. The third floor windows were trabeated. A frieze near the parapet was lit by thin rectangular windows, each surrounded by classical garlands. A balustrade stood just above the parapet.
Building History: Houghton enjoyed a practice active across the West, and was noted for his theatre designs. Most of his work has been demolished. In Seattle, his best known building in 2011 was the Moore Theatre and Hotel (1903-1907), designed for the busy developer, James A. Moore (1861-1929).
Structure Size: Number of Floors: 3
Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings
built works - commercial buildings - stores
built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels
Locations: Structure:
1210 1/2 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA
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Exterior view of the Berkshire Hotel, Seattle, WA, c. 1904; photo from the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division