Landmark Status

archival photo of Seattle bed and breakfast The Gaslight Inn

In October 2015, the city awarded The Gaslight Inn with landmark status, meeting necessary criteria outlined in the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance in these ways:

  • • It is associated in a significant way with a significant aspect of the cultural, political, or economic heritage of the community, City, state or nation.
  • • It embodies the distinctive visible characteristics of an architectural style, or period, or a method of construction.

The three-story, 7,700-square-foot house was built for $7,000 in 1907, a time when Capitol Hill was primarily the neighborhood of choice for city Seattle’s wealthy entrepreneurs. It was built by Paul Singerman, a business owner and philanthropist who was also a notable character in the Central Area’s Jewish history. By the 1920s, the building had become a rooming house — a precursor to the boom of multi-unit dwellings that would pop up during the Great Depression.

Current owner, Stephen Bennett, bought the house in 1983, restoring it to its former glory — and beyond.

Read more about how the process took place on the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.