Leland Hotel, Main Arcade

Pike Place and Pike St

Pike Place and Pike Street

Our tour starts at the nexus of Pike Street and Pike Place, just west of the Market Information Booth. The pergola above you was added to the Market complex in 1917. Just east of here, where the Info Booth is now, the first farmers arrived to sell their produce to an enormous crowd on August 17th, 1907. Look up and west to see the iconic “Meet the Producer” sign along the top of the Leland Hotel. On September 15, 1902 the City issued a building permit to construct a three-story lodging house on this site at the cost of $8,000. The original south entry to the hotel is still accessible from Flower Row, leading today to the market-rate apartments above.

Frank Goodwin and his brothers had recently returned from the Klondike Gold Rush with $50,000 in gold dust and nuggets and plunged that newfound money into real estate. Upon arriving in Seattle, they bore witness to the opening days of the Market and leapt at the opportunity. Creating the Goodwin Real Estate Company, in September 1907 they purchased this building along with the adjacent hillside to the north. Along with John Goodwin acting as engineer in the project, they enacted plans to construct a one-story shed addition to the north of the hotel in order to create a 76-stall space for farmers and other food-related businesses, giving farmers first priority. They would also add several awnings to the storefront level of the Leland Building, visually connecting it with the new arcade. This addition opened on November 30, 1907 to a grand celebration including a forty-piece band and the now-iconic speech by Thomas Revelle. It was immediately inadequate as 120 farmers showed up. For the next 30 years, the Goodwins would continue to improve, upgrade and expand these core structures to meet the needs of this market community.

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