Livingston-Baker Building

1925 1st Ave

Livingston-Baker Building, Seattle, 2020, Photo by Nick Setten
Rehabilitation of Livingston Hotel and Baker Building, Seattle, 1972, Courtesy SMA (31830)
Baker Building, Seattle, 1972, Courtesy SMA (31715)
Livingston Hotel, Seattle, 1937, Courtesy SMA (31839)
Chinese immigrant protesting muddy streets, in front of Livingston-Baker Building, Seattle, 1903, Courtesy UWSC (SEA3001)

1925 1st Ave

Rehabilitation of the Livingston Hotel occurred in 1977 in conjunction with the building of the Baker Building, a mix of rehab and new construction called the Livingston-Baker Apartments. This project created 96 units of low-income housing. The corner inhabited by the Virginia Inn has served as a bar since 1908. During prohibition it was the Virginia Soft Drink Parlor and card room. This building was financed by Samuel Rosenberg, one of the seven-member Bureau of Information who so deftly marketed Seattle as the Gateway to Gold during the Klondike Gold Rush. Rosenberg also had the Sorrento Hotel constructed.

The identifying “Landes Block” printing on the northwest side of the building refers to Colonel Henry Landes of Port Townsend, who may have been an owner in the building, although the details are unknown. By 1937, the contemporary layout of the Virginia Inn, its iconic sign, and the adjacent Livingston CafĂ© (now Le Pichet) had stabilized. In 1978, the lower floors of the Livingston became home to the Pike Market Community Clinic and the Pike Place Market Senior Center. The Senior Center has since moved to the LaSalle Building.

Just south of the Livingston is the Baker Building, the former site of a two-story wood frame hotel and store known as the Camp Hotel. Here, Nellie Curtis operated a well-known brothel from 1933 to 1941 before relocating to the Outlook Building (LaSalle).

Continue walking south along 1st Avenue, until you get to the entryway of the Butterworth Building.

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