Seattle restaurant revamped in nautical theme.

Pier 54 was built along Seattle’s waterfront at the end of the 1800s and with the other nearby five piers is a designated national historic landmark. The pier is home to Seattle’s original waterfront restaurant, Ivar’s Acres of Clams and Fish Bar. When the pier was closed to undergo seawall construction, it provided the perfect opportunity for Ivar’s to remodel.

With the $20 million whale of a renovation came a completely overhauled interior, including an expanded, state-of-the-art kitchen, additional seating and an outdoor patio. The new setting pays homage to its historical roots with a wharf-themed atmosphere, including original exposed beams, a Fir-lined ceiling, and industrial lighting fixtures that expose the bones of the pier.

Reeled in to handle the renovation was the architectural firm of CB Anderson Architects, Seattle, and the architectural woodwork firm Interior Woodworking Specialists (IWS), an AWI member firm from Redmond, Washington. Installation of the woodwork was done by AWI member firm Elite Millwork Installation, Seattle.

The design goal for the interior, notes Craig Anderson AIA, was to create a warm, welcoming and comfortable restaurant space that both tourists and Seattle locals will enjoy while carrying on the Ivar’s tradition of great seafood.

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