Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User: Washington Hotel – Seattle, WA
Date of plate: pre-1920
Notes: James A. Moore, who actually finished the 100-room Washington Hotel on Denny Hill, built a much larger hotel on Second and Stewart streets in Seattle, also naming it the Washington Hotel. The 14-story, 250-room (with bath) hotel was designed by Eames and Young, and opened in 1908. It was replete with drawing rooms, writing rooms, public and private dining rooms, cafe, grill, rathskeller, ball room and roof garden.
"Designed by Marx and Jones of St. Louis, MO in 1907-1908 and manufactured at the Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati, OH, the Alaska Mantel was created to commemorate the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, which was to take place in Seattle in 1909. The mantel was installed in the 'Totem Pole' room of the newly built New Washington Hotel. The fireplace, which cost about $1250 in 1908, had two faience totem poles." See postcard below of the Totem Pole Room.
The hotel was listed as the New Washington Hotel in Hotel Red Books from 1911, and by 1959 was known as the Doric New Washington Hotel. The hotel was not listed in the 1965 HRB.
The building was purchased by the Catholic Archdiocese in 1963 for use as low-income house. In 1988, the building was designated a City of Seattle Landmark. In 2012, the structure is the Josephinum, a 222-unit apartment building.
Historic U.S. Tile Installations
HistoryLink.org: Seattle Neighborhoods: Belltown-Denny Regrade — Thumbnail History
HistoryLink.org: Denny/Washington Hotel (Seattle)
Larry Paul's 20th Century Hotel Research Database
Hotel Red Books
White body, 10.25" service plate with alternating black band and green band on the rim and a red line on the verge. Elaborate logo of two-section shield with fleu-de-lis and chevron, acanthus leaves each side of shield with helmut above with crown and plumes. Hotel Washington below.
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New Washington Hotel – Seattle, WA by Syracuse China
ID and plate photos contributed by dbstoneware
Postcard images contributed by cardcow.com