Project Description

234 low income apartments
Retail, community and office space
Client: Low Income Housing Institute
Contractor: W.G. Clark Construction


  • 2000 Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Award of Merit

Downtown Seattle’s historic 1902 Frye Hotel was renovated to create 234 units of low-income, studio and one-bedroom apartments with private bathrooms and kitchens. The two lower floors of the building now accommodate offices, retail, and community service spaces. Key to the renovation was the preservation and restoration of important historical features and details, including the main lobby, central staircase, and storefront windows. Upgrades to the mechanical, electrical, and structural systems were included in the scope of work. The project was funded in part using the National Park Service’s 20% Tax credit program. Tonkin Architecture is currently working on a second phase of renovations, which will include historically sensitive upgrades to the building’s historic windows on the residential floors.