Ivar's Acre of Clams

A whole set of challenges you don't always find with new restaurant construction

Pier 54 was built along Seattle’s waterfront at the end of the 1800s and along with the other nearby five piers. Pier 54 is a designated national historic landmark. The pier is home to Seattle’s original waterfront restaurant, Ivar’s Acres of Clams. When Pier 54 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 that expose the bones of the pier, restored fireplace and the creative use of antiqued metals.

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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.


Pier 54, Seattle, Washington

General Contractor

W.G. Clark Construction Co.


CB Anderson Architects – Seattle, WA


July 2015

Photo Credits

Amos Morgan
Amos Morgan Photography, Seattle, WA

Project Features

  • Front & Back Bars
  • African Mahogany & Douglas Fir
  • Fireplace Cladding
  • Half-Height Walls & Artistic Booth Work
  • Bar Ceiling Feature
  • Service Station & Host Stand
  • 14 Torchiers with vertical rough-sawn Douglas Fir & rusted metal straps with exposed bolt heads.

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