Vote on which mural should liven up Sorrento Hotel’s massive parking garage wall

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.

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10 thoughts on “Vote on which mural should liven up Sorrento Hotel’s massive parking garage wall

  1. Bland magazine article graphic, fantastical psychedelic beings from an unknown legend, or a rejected Trapper Keeper cover. Hmmm…

  2. Will there be a chance to submit feedback online for those who can’t attend the event in person? If not, it just becomes a popularity contest to see who can bring the most friends out to vote.

    Tessa’s design is the only one with artistic merit. The others should never have been considered in the first place. They look like what you make when you are 14 and are messing around on the computer in class.

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