Daniels Real Estate is honored to be selected by the Washington State Parks Commission to lead the restoration and reuse of St. Edward Seminary.
Our team is no stranger to complex, comprehensive, and long-term historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects. The Daniels team has won three National Preservation Awards, as well as many local and state awards for our work in historic preservation and reuse.
At Saint Edward Park, we will 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.
The building’s Romanesque Revival architecture and Art Deco 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.
The state’s deliberative process was very thoughtful and the public outreach helped to inform our proposal, creating the following opportunities for our state and local citizens:
- Preserves and activates a national landmark designed by one of the leading regional architects of the last century.
- Allows for the first time, public use of the Seminary building which is consistent with the intent when purchased by the state in 1976.
- Respects the surrounding park with no proposed use or intrusion into public open space or trails.
- Adds 9.77-acres to the park with 450’ of waterfront access to Lake Washington through a 62-year lease.
- Integrates covered parking immediately south of the pool building, with an urban farm rooftop to provide fresh organic greens for the restaurant and community education programs.
- Includes community and environmental education space in the Seminary building to further outdoor environmental education and recreation experiences.
- Embraces that all guests of the lodge will help support State Parks operations and maintenance with a lodge fee payment. Those fees will be forwarded to State Parks to keep the state’s wonderful outdoor recreation sites open and accessible to the public.
- Saves the state taxpayers millions of dollars in current and deferred maintenance to retain an inactive and closed building.
- Provides potential education and employment opportunities for students at Bastyr University and the local community.
There is still a lot of work ahead of us but our aim is to keep interested parties up-to-date via our website and other communication channels as the project progresses.