Fairmont Olympic Hotel (Seattle)

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Olympic Hotel
Seattle - Olympic Hotel pano.jpg
Location 1200-1220 4th Ave.
Seattle, Washington
Area Metropolitan Tract, Seattle
Built 1924
Architect Charles Bebb and Carl Gould
NRHP Reference # 79002538
Added to NRHP June 15, 1979

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, originally Olympic Hotel, is a historic hotel in downtown Seattle, Washington, occupying the city block between 4th and 5th Avenue and between University and Seneca Streets. It was built in 1924;[1] in 1979, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It was one of the original Western Hotels, later Western International and today Westin. It was completely restored in the 1980s, reopening as the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel.[2] It retained that name for two decades, until it was sold and the new owners switched the management contract to Fairmont in 2003.

Along with other buildings in the Metropolitan Tract, the hotel and the land under it are owned by the University of Washington as part of the University's original campus.[3]

The open space on the north side of the hotel that now constitutes a driveway and formal entrance originally was the site of the Metropolitan Theatre.[4]

The Olympic's Presidential Suite hosted many presidents including John F Kennedy in 1961.[5]


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Coordinates: 47°36′29″N 122°20′04″W / 47.608011°N 122.334548°W / 47.608011; -122.334548