What’s Going Up in Washington: Historic Hotels

The Penrose in Walla Walla

Historic hotels are transformed but maintain a classic feel

written by Sheila G. Miller


Visitors to Walla Walla will have a four-star hotel to look forward to when the Penrose Walla Walla opens in 2019. The project, overseen by Stephen Day Architecture, will transform the National Register-listed Odd Fellows building and a large addition on Mill Creek near Whitman College into a hotel with 132 rooms, event spaces, a music venue, a penthouse swimming pool and rooftop terraces.



Another Stephen Day Architecture project expected to transform a historic area is the waterfront redevelopment in Port Townsend. The project will update the 1890 Hastings Building and add a new building near the pier that will have a hotel, restaurant and ferry terminal. The project will also replace the pier, which has been damaged over the years in a series of storms. Day said the project is slated to be finished in 2020.


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