Seattle Confidential – APEX HOTEL, BELLTOWN, Ca. 1983

When a collective of artists prepared to lessen with sweat investments the costs of converting a vacant hotel in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood - the APEX at the southwest corner of First Ave. and Bell Street - into studios and living space, we first enjoyed exposing the layers of wallpaper that had through the years given periodic new beginnings to this cheap working man's hotel. I snapped this, I think, in 1983. I was an APEX member-resident for only a few months (before moving on to Wallingford) but did use my studio there to layout the first "Seattle Now and Then" book in 1984. In a large manila envelope I have kept some wallpaper samples pulled and scraped from APEX walls. (Click to Enlarge)

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