Laube Hotel Apartments
Bellingham Whatcom County Housing Authorities
Historic Buildings Special Needs Urban/Mixed Use
Address: 1226 N State St, Bellingham, WA
Completion Date: 2008
Program: 20 apartments and 5,600 square feet of commercial space
Funding Sources: City of Bellingham, Whatcom County, WA State HTF, WSHFC 9% LIHTC & Historic Tax Credits (NEF formerly Homestead Capital), Permanent Bank Debt (WCRA), Fundraising
Population Served: Low-income up to 30% and 60% AMI
Total Budget: $5,600,000
Contractor: Dawson Construction, Inc.
Architect: SMR Architects
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, the Laube Hotel was originally built in 1903 as one of Bellingham’s first “world class” hotels. It remained a functioning hotel until 1983, after which its residential floors stood vacant for more than 20 years. The gut renovation included updates to the structural and seismic systems, new ADA entrance to the rear of the building, masonry restoration and restoration of all interior woodwork and original historic windows. The two commercial spaces on the first floor were renovated for future tenants. Section 8 vouchers are provided at the building.