Pacific Apartments Historic Renovation

Seattle, WA

owner:

Plymouth Housing

square footage:

Phased construction - 41,800 SF

completion:

Estimated 2025

 

 

EXISTING LOBBY & HISTORIC LOBBY PHOTO

 

Modern Needs Meet Historic Elements

Owned and operated by Plymouth Housing, the Pacific Apartments offers single room occupancy (SRO), studio, and one-bedroom units for adults experiencing homelessness. Formerly known as the Leamington Hotel and Apartments, the building has undergone a series of renovations since it was first constructed in 1915, including ADA and seismic upgrades, new elevators, and most recently, new windows. In 1994, the building was registered as a historic landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.

This project aims to improve living conditions for residents while protecting and rehabilitating the historic elements that characterize the building. What began as a feasibility study to enlarge the SROs into small efficiency dwelling units (SEDUs) - each unit equipped with a kitchenette, bathroom, and storage – has evolved into a deeply challenging, yet concerted effort from all parties involved, including the owner, contractor, engineers, City of Seattle, Seattle City Light, Seattle Department of Transportation, and the State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. The physical site constraints, existing building systems, and historic features present a series of limitations that often conflict with one another. Through an engaging and iterative design process, the team is committed to provide comfortable, affordable housing options for the local community.

 
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