Hotel Lorraine

2327 2nd Avenue

City Hostel (formerly Lorraine Hotel), 2327 2nd Avenue, Seattle, September 7, 2017, HistoryLink.org Photo by Peter Blecha
Architectural detail, City Hostrel Seattle (Hotel Lorraine building), May 27, 2020, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Window architectural detail, City Hostrel Seattle (Hotel Lorraine building), May 27, 2020, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Hotel Lorraine, Seattle, ca. 1929, Courtesy MOHAI (PI23672)

2327 2nd Avenue

When the movie industry emerged in the early twentieth century, the Belltown neighborhood — thanks to its low density and zoning rules designating it for light industry — became home to myriad film-related businesses. Parts of 2nd and 3rd avenues were known as Film Row, and many of Hollywood’s major studios made Seattle a distribution outpost. The Lorraine Hotel was built in 1925 by modernist architect J. Lister Holmes, and its location made it the film industry’s favorite haunt, a place where showbiz managers, studio representatives, and movie stars stayed. Later renamed the William Tell Hotel, it became low-income housing and is today’s City Hostel. Also surviving from the Film Row era are the RKO Building (2312-2316 2nd Avenue) and the MGM/Loews building (2331 2nd Avenue).

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