There are 125 residential units at Queen Anne Manor.
There are 125 residential units at Queen Anne Manor.

While the historic Queen Anne Manor has been completely modernized, a grand reopening offered vintage flair for those who dropped in to tour the retirement community.

The Roaring Twenties-themed grand reopening on Feb. 7 was a costumed meet-and-greet for Queen Anne Manor owner Capitol Seniors Housing, new management company Integral Senior Living, residents living within the retirement community and their Queen Anne neighbors.

“Hopefully this will get people’s attention since the remodel,” said Kristen Curran-Brookham, director of resident programs for ISL.

Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St., underwent a $4 million renovation over the past several years, which included new flooring, fixtures, wall coverings, dining room furniture, a movie theater, gym and updated salon.

The renovation preserved the Queen Anne-style aesthetics of the building, and then CSH decided to upgrade its resident services by bringing in ISL to manage the facility in October.

“The reason we brought them in was so that residents just had a greater quality of life,” said CSH vice president Curtis Fowlie.

Fowlie highlighted ISL’s Elevate culinary program, which provides fresh meals made with locally sourced ingredients. Resident can also give back to the community, such as hosting meals or donating to food banks, through Elevate Inspires, Curran-Brookham said.

Other programs ISL offers include This is Your Life, which showcases residents’ history, and Living the Dream, where residents are offered chances to satisfy their passions; a retired doctor getting to observe a surgery or letting someone who always wanted to fly take the controls briefly on a private flight, for example.

Neighbors popped in for the Feb. 7 party for cocktails, small bites and tours of the facility, including model rooms. An average studio unit can cost $4,395 a month, while a large premium unit with private patio space runs around $6,800 per month, Curran-Brookham said. Pricing includes all community amenities, meals and 24/7 services.

There are 125 units at the retirement community, and occupancy is at 80 percent.

The building was constructed in 1910 as the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, now Seattle Children’s Hospital.

“We actually have residents that used to be patients,” Fowlie said.

After its relocation, the building transitioned to an annex school for John Hay Elementary, then a health clinic, county offices and a morgue.

Alpha Care converted it into a retirement home in 1980, and then sold it to the Blake family in 2008. CSH acquired Queen Anne Manor for $36.25 million in 2016.

Fowlie said retirement communities are good for seniors, encouraging them to be active and socialize, which means a better, longer quality of life.

“We like to think of it as a second act,” he said.

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