May 242012
 

 

Northern Lights Dome Room in the Arctic Building

Northern Lights Dome Room in the Arctic Building

I was recently inside the famous Northern Lights Dome Room in the Arctic Building in downtown Seattle for a business meeting. As I was listening to the speakers talk about their businesses, I could not resist glancing up toward the ornate ceiling that was beckoning for attention.

The Arctic Building was originally built for the Arctic Club in 1916 and housed them until the club dissolved in 1971. The Arctic Club served as a social institution for men who struck it rich during the Yukon gold rush. Currently, the Arctic Club is a DoubleTree / Hilton Hotel.

As I gazed at the room’s stuccoed ceilings and beautiful chandeliers, I reflected upon the people who sat in that room many decades ago. What were they talking about as they chomped on their nasty cigars (it wasn’t smoke-free back then)? What memories and stories were left behind in that grand room? If only the walls could talk…

 

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