History

Honoring history while moving forward

Hotel Theodore started out as the Roosevelt Hotel in 1929, at the height of Seattle’s growth, when the city flourished with high-rises, commercial buildings, hotels and entertainment facilities.

From its very beginnings, the building encapsulated Seattle’s pioneering spirit. In contrast to hotels that catered to residents (the norm at the time), the Roosevelt Hotel positioned itself as a tourist-oriented hotel. Named after Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. president, the building was designed in a distinctive modernistic Art Deco style by John Graham Sr., one of Seattle’s most prominent architects. The 18-story hotel was the tallest hotel in Seattle, with 234 rooms and an ornately furnished lobby detailed in French modern style.

Shortly after the Roosevelt was built, the economic depression hit the region, and by 1934, Pacific National Bank took over the the property. In 1962, under ownership of Western Hotel, the Roosevelt underwent extensive renovations, including removal of the original main entrances and retail storefronts, and a remodel of the lobby design. In 1984, all of the exterior windows were replaced.

In 2017, the hotel was renamed Hotel Theodore. We’ve made substantial design and architectural changes to create an upscale urban boutique hotel that reflects the needs, desires and dreams of today’s modern travelers. We continue to be inspired by Seattle’s long tradition of makers, builders and doers, as evidenced by our art collection curated in collaboration with MOHAI. Atop the hotel you’ll still see the Roosevelt sign, an iconic Seattle landmark that remains an integral part of the cityscape and the area’s history.