Terry Denny Building


Located in the heart of the historic Pioneer Square Neighborhood, the Terry Denny Building (a.k.a. Hotel Northern), is a wood frame and unreinforced brick masonry building constructed in 1890. Improvements included a sixth-floor addition of eight penthouse units with sleeping lofts and rehabilitation of four stories for market rate rental housing. Residential units in the existing floors consist of large open spaces with high ceilings and an abundance of exposed brick walls.

Improvements also included two new elevators, new exist stairs, and life-safety upgrades, as well as seismic reinforcement and bracing. In an effort to balance the old with the modern, original millwork, doors, and window trim were removed, cleaned, and then reused in the rehabilitation process. The original character and charm of the building was maintained while providing the amenities and comforts of today.

Client: Samis Properties
Location: Downtown Seattle, Washington
Program: Update units, elevator, windows, public deck area, skylight, stairway, basement floor structure, add ramp construction
Highlights: 11-15 foot ceilings, community roof top deck with striking view of Elliot Bay