Panama Hotel (Seattle, Washington)

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Panama Hotel
Seattle Panama Hotel 04A.jpg
Coffeehouse in the old lobby of the Panama Hotel
Location 605 S. Main St
Seattle, Washington
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 06000462
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 20, 2006[1]
Designated NHL March 20, 2006 [2]

The Panama Hotel in Seattle, Washington's International District was built in 1910. The hotel was built by the first Japanese-American architect in Seattle, Sabro Ozasa, and contains the last remaining Japanese bathhouse (sento) in the United States.[3] Since 1985 the Panama Hotel has been owned by Jan Johnson.

It is also known as being the namesake of the novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.

Panama and NP Hotels, side-by-side. Panama Hotel is at left.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark building in 2006.[2][4]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Panama Hotel". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-17. 
  3. ^ Alanen 2000, p. 166
  4. ^ Note: A National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination document should be available upon request from the National Park Service for this site, but it appears not to be available on-line from the NPS Focus search site.

External links[edit]


  • Alanen, Arnold Robert; Melnick, Robert (2000). Preserving Cultural Landscapes in America, JHU Press, ISBN 0-8018-6264-7.

Coordinates: 47°36′00″N 122°19′33″W / 47.5999°N 122.3259°W / 47.5999; -122.3259