Pacific Northwest Architecture

The Austin A. Bell Building

Also known as
The Austin A. Bell Hotel
The Belle Apartments
2326 1st Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98121
Basic Information
Designed by Elmer Fisher
Cost $50,000
Type Residential
Floors: 4
Neighborhood: Belltown
More Information
  • Residences: 42
  • Parking: 52 spaces
  • *At the top of the building the brick changes from smooth and fine to rough and haphazard. This is where the building originally sported a large cornice, which was lost in the first half of the 20th century due to a lack of maintenance. *The building's southern-most bay (the narrowest one) is topped by a small tower, which once has a sloped roof, not the flat one it exhibits today. *This building was erected across the street from where the Bell family home once stood. *This was once the location of an experimental Cafe Starbucks store.
  • 1889: This building opened as the Austin A. Bell Hotel.
  • 1937: This building was bought by Sam Israel.
  • July 12, 1974: This building was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 1978: This building was named a Seattle Landmark.
  • 1981: This building was largely gutted by fire.
  • 1997: This building was bought for redevelopment for one million dollars.
  • 1998: This building reopened as residences.