Can a hotel’s art tell a story? We firmly believe it can, and Hotel Theodore showcases an intriguing collection of Seattle art and artifacts that celebrates the city’s innovative heritage. Curated through Hotel Theodore’s unique partnership with Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry, the historical collection of Seattle art pieces and artifacts explores the city’s historic achievements and pioneering citizenry from artists and aerospace engineers, to inventors and tech innovators.
Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry has carefully preserved Seattle’s unique history since 1952. In the process, it’s become the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington, with its collection of more than four million objects, documents, and photographs from the Puget Sound region. Our partnership with the museum means that every corner of the hotel offers insight into the men and women who have shaped our surroundings.
The guestrooms of Hotel Theodore feature photography and patent drawings curated in collaboration with the Museum of History & Industry from their collection to highlight Seattle innovators whose ideas revolutionized daily life as we know it. On the 15th floor of the hotel, custom built museum cases house artifacts from Seattle’s industrial history. These range from logging saws and chains to fishing net floats, vintage IBM computer punch cards, an Amazon Kindle first edition, engineering and architecture tools from Boeing, and early iterations of Eddie Bauer’s down Skyliner jacket.
At Hotel Theodore, we’re proud to honor Seattle’s makers, doers and builders who, over the decades, have turned this city into the dynamic cultural hub it is today. Look below to see a few of the artifacts we have on display.
In 1940, Eddie Bauer crafted the first quilted down-insulated jacket, the Skyliner, patented in America out of the need for a lightweight, warm, and non-bulky coat for cold weather recreation. An early iteration of the Skyliner jacker that put Eddie Bauer’s sportswear on the map is on display on our 15th floor.
These antique buoys are coveted finds that wash upon the Washington shore from Japanese fishing boats. While the colors vary, the most popular glass float colors are greens and blues made from recycled sake bottles.
A revolutionary leader, Bertha Knight Landes became the first female mayor of any major American city when she took office for Seattle in 1926. She was known for her conviction and strong leadership during a tumultuous time in the city’s history.
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace manufacturer and is known for its pioneering. Founded in 1916, the company recently celebrated its centennial anniversary marking 100 years of aircraft innovations such as the Boeing P18B Fighter designs featured in our guest rooms.
In 2007, Amazon first raised the question— what if a device could hold 3,000 books in one? The Kindle was born. Upon release, the electronic reading device sold out in under six hours and revolutionized the way we read.
Before the tech boom of the 1970s to the present, the Boeing boom during the 1940s, or even the Gold Rush in the late 1800s, the lumber industry boom laid the foundation for the city that Seattle is today. Visit our 15th floor for artifacts highlighting Seattle’s early logging history.