The Grand Pacific Hotel is a historic building in Seattle located at 1115-1117 1st Avenue between Spring and Seneca Streets in the city's central business district. The building was constructed in 1890 during the building boom that followed the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. The building had served as a hotel nearly since its construction, with the Ye Kenilworth Inn, operated by Minnie Hayward, on the upper floors in 1893. The hotel was refurnished and reopened in 1902 as the Grand Pacific Hotel, most likely named after the hotel of the same name in Chicago. It played a role during the Yukon Gold Rush as one of many hotels that served traveling miners and also housed the offices for the Seattle Woollen Mill, an important outfitter for the Klondike.The Grand Pacific Hotel is a substantial four-story brick and stone building designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style and remains a rare surviving example of its kind outside of the Pioneer Square district. The building's original architect is not known. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 around the same time as the adjacent Colonial Hotel.HistoryThe Grand Pacific Hotel was one of hundreds of substantial brick buildings constructed in the aftermath of the Great Seattle Fire. It was constructed as the California Block for the estate of the late Lewis M. Starr by his widow Eliza J. Starr, the executor of the estate. it was built at a cost of $75,000 and as reported in the summer of 1890, $12,000 in stone, $3,000 in iron 1,200,000 bricks and 3,000 ft of lumber had gone into its construction. Due to the dramatic slope of the property towards Elliott Bay, the four story building had two additional floors below 1st Avenue, which housed various industrial enterprises. For most of the decade it was the only building located on the block taller than one story. The Galt Brothers were the building's primary tenant in 1891 and The Seattle Woolen Mills would locate their offices in the lower floors during the Yukon Gold Rush. Though designed for office space, as early as 1892, the building's upper floors were occupied by the Ye Kenilowrth Inn, operated by Minnie Hayward. In 1902 it reopened as the Grand Pacific Hotel, which it is best known as today.
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