Two big, dreary, concrete walls on First Hill are about to get a facelift and you can have a say in which muralist should get to do it.
The group hired to apply some of the Ace Hotel “casual luxury” to the century-old Sorrento Hotel is hosting a public meeting to show off three mural ideas for the hotel’s parking garage walls. Part of the meeting will include a public vote on which artist should get commissioned for the 32-foot by 120-foot mural to go on the 9th and Madison exterior.
The meeting will be held Sunday from 11 AM-2 PM in Sorrento’s Madison Room. Representatives from Magnetic/ERV, the company now managing the Sorrento, will be available to talk about the future of the iconic hotel.
The project is a collaboration between Magentic and Seattle Mural Project funded through a Department of Neighborhoods grant.
In October, the Sorrento announced that Magnetic was taking over management of the 76-room hotel and with plans to start its revamp work this year. Magnetic is a hospitality management company with staff that have worked on the Palm Springs Ace Hotel and a handful of other boutique hotels around the country.
In addition to the mural project and sprucing up the guest rooms, a Magnetic spokesperson told CHS the team would also re-conceptualize The Hunt Room restaurant and Fireside Room lounge. The building’s unique Madison-facing courtyard is also slated to get a new look.