The adaptive reuse of Hollywood Lofts is more than a basic transformation – it exemplifies how thoughtful design can give new purpose to historic buildings. The 24-unit building has a prominent position in the bustling Broadway commercial district with enviable proximity to Cal Anderson Park, Seattle Central Community College, and the new Capitol Hill light rail station.
Designed in 1929 for a furniture showroom, the Del-Teet Building reflects Capitol Hill’s early reputation as an art and design hub. The three-story building witnessed much community change and endured many interior remodels. The owner wanted to convert its commercial purpose to multi-family residential use without losing the building’s original character. The solution was to set a new structure inside the original shell, resulting in an architectural solution which preserved all aspects of the original building expression and form.
Retail spaces and the residential lobby are allocated on the ground floor. Above, three levels of two-story lofts rise out of the shell of the original structure. On the lower loft floors, terraces are partially visible through original and new openings in the brick wall – these dynamic outdoor spaces create a visual connection to the pedestrian realm and showcase textures of the original building materials.
Reminders of the original building are still prevalent throughout the project. Salvaged floor joists are now the unit stairs. Massive heavy timber beams that once supported the main floor are now exposed beams within the corridors. The existing second floor of the building, used as the formwork for the new second level concrete floor, is now a permanent imprint of wide wood planks visible from the ground floor spaces.