Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square completes $750,000 restoration

The Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square completed a 19-month, $750,000 restoration of its historic building.

Located in the heart of Seattle's historic district, the downtown Seattle hotel is an adaptive reuse of the 1904 Historic Alaska Building. The restored Pioneer Square hotel today houses redesigned rooms, a high-tech lobby and numerous modern amenities, while also celebrating the building's historic roots.

Originally completed in 1904 as the tallest building in the city at the time, the building is considered by many to represent the beginning of the modern-day Seattle. The 15-story steel-framed skyscraper was a first of its kind at the period of its opening.  When the building first opened, the Scandinavian-American banking hall occupied the first floor, while the Alaska Club, a commercial organization of residents and entrepreneurs, convened in the penthouse and maintained a reading room that featured Alaska newspapers and mineral exhibits. The Alaska Building came to represent the significance of the gold rush in Seattle.

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After 110 years, the decorative facade and lion heads that adorn the building parapet began to show their age with signs of water intrusion in the decorative terracotta. In an effort to restore the building's appearance while remaining loyal to its roots, the Pioneer Square hotel embarked on a renovation in early 2013.

The design review was conducted by the National Parks Service as well as the Pioneer Square Preservation Board.

Approximately 19 months later, the downtown Seattle hotel completed its restoration.  It now has a lobby with a contemporary seating area and interactive GoBoard. Dining options include At The Bistro - Eat. Drink. Connect.

Meanwhile, guestrooms have functional spaces, with amenities including Internet connectivity, desks with ergonomic chairs, luxury bedding and mini-refrigerators.

The Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square at 612 Second Ave. in Seattle, Wash., is near Safeco Field, CenturyLink Field and the cruise terminals at piers 91 and 66. The downtown Pioneer Square hotel has 15 floors with 222 rooms, 40 suites, nine meeting rooms with 4,600 square feet of meeting space, a health club and an indoor pool.