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Leopold Hotel
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Location 1224 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, Washington
Area less than one acre
Built 1889
Architect Stevens, H.L., Co.
Architectural style Mission Revival
NRHP reference No. 82004306
Added to NRHP February 19, 1982

The Leopold in Bellingham, Washington was built in 1889 and originally named the Byron Hotel after its owner, Captain H.C. Byron. Byron owned the hotel until 1910, when Leopold F. Schmidt (founder of the Olympia Brewing Company and owner of the Bellingham Bay Brewery) purchased the Byron for $100,000. One famous fact about the hotel is that it was the home (off and on) of famous Alaskan artist Sydney Laurence; however, given his economic situation, he was unable to pay his bill in cash so instead traded Schmidt paintings for his room. To this day, the Schmidt family has one of the largest private collections of his work. The hotel was the place of Leopold's death on September 24, 1914.

The hotel's name was soon changed to the Hotel Leopold as a token of appreciation by the hotel's investors. When Schmidt originally purchased the hotel, it held only 93 rooms.

In the 1980s, The Leopold became a retirement living community and underwent a significant renovation.

The Leopold was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 19, 1982.

In early December, 2018, the Leopold announced that it was terminating operation as a retirement living center.

In April 2019 plans were announced including residential apartments and a boutique hotel named Hotel Leo on the premises. Opening is planned for July 2019.


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