The Venerable Triangle Hotel & Bar

June 3rd, 2008 @ 12:25 am by Cliffe | Sorted Historic Buildings |
Venerable! It’s a word I don’t use often but the Triangle Hotel & Bar (located down at the southern end of Pioneer Square next to the stadiums) deserves it.
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This is definitely one of my favorite buildings in the city and it’s one that you don’t forget once you lay eyes on it. The Triangle Hotel was de signe
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d by architect C. A. Breitung and built in 1910, having been inspired by the design and construction techniques of New York City’s Flatiron Building. As tidelands were aggressively being filled in around the area in the early 1900′s, the structure was unique for its triangular shape (at the corner of 1st Ave and Railroad Way S) and Italianate windows. The building’s ground floor bar space changed over to a Western Union branch in 1929 and the upper floors are said to have housed a brothel just as the Great Depression set in. In May of 1976 the Triangle was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and today the renovated building once again has a bar at ground level.
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Here’s a toast to the venerable Triangle Hotel & Bar! Give the photos a click for high-res goodness.
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View of the Triangle Building from the corner of 1st Ave and Railroad Way S. Opposite angle revealing ghost sign.
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Looking up at building detail from the front of the bar along 1st Ave. The upper floors along Railroad Way S. The windows appear to have been recently restored.
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Closer look toward the most narrow face of the trapezoidal building. Another look along Railroad Way S.
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The Triangle is dwarfed by the scale of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Pulling further back along Railroad Way S with vast shadows cast by the Viaduct.

5 Responses to “The Venerable Triangle Hotel & Bar”

  1. didi says:

    I love this building. looks very Chicago-esque. :o )

  2. Morgan says:

    I wonder what it’s like on the inside upper floors. I remember when they used to sell beers for the price of Dave Valle’s batting average. One of my favorites!

  3. john r. austin says:

    What I want to know is what bar’s has the best vintage cocktails, like zombies?

  4. Gary in Pennsylvania says:

    Thanks for sharing! I’m from Pennsylvania ~ I really dig these flatiron/wedge building architecture!

  5. Spencer says:

    Coming from Australia we don’t have any architecture like this. Its awesome. I would love to stay at that hotel one day.

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