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Kevin Daniels, March 22, 2018

First, we want you to know that Daniels Real Estate will host a design meeting in the spring at the Saint Edward Seminary building. Community members will be introduced to the project team working on the historic redevelopment of the seminary as the Lodge at St. Edward and will have an opportunity to ask about specific details in a Q&A session. Watch for an announcement in the coming weeks.

We have posted a few design concepts on our website and on Facebook. I want to share some of the central design themes that are emerging.

You may be aware that the exterior Romanesque Revival architecture of the building is very unique in our state. In exploring interior design themes, we have decided that we want to highlight elements of the exterior architecture in the public interior areas.  As you can see in the concept renderings above we are integrating the use of archways, contemplating brick on some of the interior walls, and mimicking the Romanesque design when appropriate.

The interiors will be preserved and restored to federal standards for the public to visit and enjoy, with an adaptive reuse focus that is consistent with other national and state park standards and with the original design of the building.

As you know, we intend to repurpose the badly deteriorated interior of the seminary building into a park lodge with 80-100 guest rooms, a conference center, meeting rooms, a wellness spa, and a restaurant and café.

We are still in the concept stage so please don’t take the renderings below too literally. They are simply a tool to convey design themes.

Kevin Daniels, president of Daniels Real Estate, is a Seattle developer whose projects embrace historic preservation and sustainability. In 2000, Daniels won a National Preservation Award for restoration of Seattle’s Union Station and six years later won an award for restoration of the historic Cadillac Hotel. He serves on the board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

I look forward to sharing more as our design evolves and to introducing members of the project.

The lodging rooms will be designed with natural finishes that are subtle and inspired by the natural setting of the surrounding St. Edward State Park.

See you in the spring and, again, thank you for your continued support.

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About the blog: Preservation isn’t just about saving old buildings, it’s about uniting the past with the future and creating community connections – so I want to thank the Kenmore Heritage Society for its advocacy in the preservation of Saint Edward Seminary.  It took a few years but the restoration project is now underway and I look forward to sharing updates.


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