In homage to the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the substantially updated Panorama on Seattle's First Hill respects its original midcentury character.

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SEATTLE — Swanky with a retro twist and a splash of midcentury fun, Panorama on First Hill has been the talk of the town since opening its 179 apartment homes a few weeks ago.

Panorama is already 72 percent leased.

The 18-story tower features one of downtown’s largest outdoor pools and cabana decks, with an entertainment plaza that includes a bamboo and palm frond-décor tiki lounge, a firepit and barbecues.
An indoor clubhouse has a kitchen, fitness center and parlor games lounge.

Debuting this weekend at Panorama is the three-bedroom, two-bath penthouse plan, which offers 2,301 to 2,472 square feet of living space and city skyline views from University Street and Boren Avenue out to Fremont and Puget Sound.

In homage to the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the substantially renovated Panorama respects its original midcentury character. But it has infused a modern vibe through a comprehensive restoration and extensive improvements.

Security Properties has re-created idealized versions of this revered era of style at Panorama. A wood-burning fireplace of rough-hewn, stacked stone is included in each penthouse. Windows are covered by wide-blade Venetian blinds, a popular look from the 1960s.

Panorama revitalizes authentic stairwell railings, while Sputnik starburst-like light fixtures illuminate the original Terrazzo marble in the now enlarged lobby. Refinished original parquet hardwood floors run throughout each home, while preserved marble sills frame expansive windows to the city.

Kitchens were modernized and opened up from older galley styles in all of the building’s one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes and penthouses. Each now features stainless steel wine coolers and kitchen appliances; upscale plumbing fixtures; LED lighting; and glass cooktops.

New midcentury-style hardware accents the cabinets, and full-size washers and dryers are included. Each home includes a balcony measuring nearly 120 square feet.

— Suzanne Monson