Built in 1927, The Publix Hotel served as a home for migrant workers coming to Seattle from around the world. After being closed for more than a decade, the historic building underwent a full rehabilitation, transforming the once single-room occupancy, 8 x10-room hotel, into a trendy multi-family, six-story apartment complex. Located in the heart of the Historic Chinatown International District, it’s one of six remaining buildings in the neighborhood constructed for Rainier Heat and Power Co. Thoughtful touches like the restoration of its original doors and wood paneling honor the building’s past, while more modern amenities like a high-design lobby space, roof-top deck, dog run and bike storage attract modern tenants. A new L-shaped structure constructed to the south contains larger apartments, and connects to the rehabilitated hotel at the ground and second levels. Adjacent to the Union Station transit hub, new ground floor tenants will add retail diversity as they open over the next few months.
The Publix has been recognized with numerous awards including Historic Seattle’s “Best Rehabilitation” and the Valerie Sivinski Award from Washington’s State Historic Preservation Officer, which recognizes achievement in historic preservation and outstanding rehabilitation of historic structures.
Architect: Clark | Barnes Owner: Uwajimaya Inc., Developer/Owner’s Rep: Spectrum Development Solutions, Structural Engineers: Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Civil Engineers: KPFF Consulting Engineers, General Contractor: Marpac Construction, Landscape Architect: HEWITT