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Banner Building – 80 Vine St., Seattle, WA 98121

Address: 80 Vine St., Seattle, WA 98121
Neighborhood: Belltown

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DESCRIPTION

Built in 1994, the Banner Building consists of commercial and residential spaces.  The building’s most popular homes are the fourteen high-end two-story studio lofts.  The AIA award winning building was built to accommodate artists who work and live from home, and most every home in the building is unique since it was originally built for homeowners to design themselves.  Ed Weinstein of Weinstein Copeland Architects said, “The building is the framework within which artists can work.”  Although old loft buildings have been converted into live-work spaces in Seattle for many years, the Banner Building is the first project designed for this purpose.  With its unconventional program, it is not surprising that the project’s original developer, Koryn Rolstad, is not really a developer at all, but an artist with enough determination to bring the project to life.  Rolstad, who runs an architectural sculpture studio called Bannerworks, wanted to create a community where art and commerce came together and where struggling artists could live with more established ones.

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BUILDING DATA

  • Year Built: 1994
  • Number of Units: 26 + 5 Commercial
  • Number of Stories: 7
  • Exterior: Cement/Concrete
  • Parking: Common Garage
  • Pets: Subj to Restrictions
  • H/O Dues Included: Central Hot Water, Garbage, Water/Sewer
  • Common Property Features & Amenities: Elevator, Fire Sprinklers, Terrace

NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS

  • Artech/Denman
  • Belltown Dental
  • Casuelita’s Caribbean Cuisine
  • Chartreuse International
  • Chocolati Cafe
  • CJ’s Eatery
  • Classic Lines
  • El Gaucho Grill
  • Robin Rosell Salon
  • SITC Parking Garage
  • Site 17 Deli & Grocery
  • Subway
  • Sushi Kyo
  • Washington Mutual Financial Ctr
  • Wax on Spa

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ADDITIONAL OPINIONS & REVIEWS

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*Data is deemed to be reliable, but not guaranteed. In some cases, number of units may include commercial and residential spaces and/or height may or may not include a 13th floor.

Comments

3 Responses to “Banner Building – 80 Vine St., Seattle, WA 98121”
  1. Armond L. says:

    Does anyone know exactly what Koryn Rolstad contributed to this building?

  2. To answer your question:

    I conceptualized the project as a work/live multi-use building, I drew up the original concept design of the top, middle and lower floors as different visual icons. I bought the land in 1991/92, found the construction financing, sold the first 10 units for seed money, developed the project through final master use permit up to shoring. Partnered with a developer for final construction, sale and build-out of separate units. I also hired the architect and most of the main subcontractors and the original contractor.

    I have lived there since 1995.

    Thank you.

    PS. The building was never conceptualized or designed as Artist Housing, it was to be Work, LIve & Prosper housing which included future equity for taking the risk in a potential revitalized neighborhood. The concept was to purchase large enough space that they can build out to their own specifications, so that individuals could work, live and contribute to a neighborhood community as stake holders.

    k.

  3. Last Note:

    Ed Weinstein was the architect and he took my rough ideas and concepts and gave me my first presentation of the Banner Building that connected all of my wishes and more. The building was built almost exactly as we had first discussed from the first set of design concepts, except we went higher and settled on a ‘high-rise’ permit. Ed understood what I wanted and made a building that was iconic and changed a neighborhood for ever. It is still an amazing project and design – which is admired all over the US and Internationally – I would not have done this with out his visual and architectural language. k.

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