Originally constructed in 1889, the three-story Cadillac Hotel is one of the oldest buildings in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. In 2001, however, the Nisqually Earthquake damaged it almost beyond repair, taking out a whole corner of the building. Bringing our experience with successful renovations in the Pioneer Square neighborhood, our firm conducted a full seismic upgrade that included design for the repair and replacement of the exterior façade, incorporation of steel-braced frames to strengthen the structure, and preservation of the historic upper stories. Integration of skylights in the lobby are part of why the hotel serves as a pioneering model for integrating sustainable energy with historic buildings, proving the viability of preserving the environment without sacrificing building aesthetics. The Cadillac Hotel now serves as the permanent home for the National Park Service’s Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
Historic Seattle / U.S. National Park Service
SMR Architects, The Rafn Company
National Trust for Historic Preservation- " National Preservation Award" (2006)