Stoneburner was built-out in collaboration with James Weimann, Deming Maclise, Jason Stoneburner, James Lechner, Amoreena Miller of Strata Architects, and Mike Skidmore Architects. Special thanks to Kemly Electric, Performance Mechanical, Fischer Plumbing, Above and Beyond Drywall, Tilestone Designs, and Crane Painting.
The eye-catching street-level anchor of the new Hotel Ballard is co-owned by restaurateur duo James Weimann and Deming Maclise, and it shows: The pair is known for their keen sense of style; their use of reclaimed, refurbished and antique furnishings in their gorgeous interiors, which are on display at Bastille andPoquitos. At Stoneburner, named for chef Jason Stoneburner (who also heads up the kitchen at Bastille and, along with wine director and general manager James Lechner, is also a co-owner), the feel is more masculine, with oak paneling, custom leather bucket chairs in the bar and expansive windows that open up entirely, allowing diners to feel as if they’re dining on the sidewalk.— Seattle Magazine
The bar’s woodwork once decorated the former Italian Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The pressed tin up above came from an old schoolhouse. The barrel-vaulted ceiling in the entrance is repurposed fir from the neighborhood. The lovely patterned tiles on the floor were custom made. Turn-of-the-century steel gates and a vintage San Francisco streetlight stand sentinel in the dining room, near a secluded wine room where bottles are stored head-down in old riddling racks used to make Champagne.— Seattle Times
…burnished Brazilian kingwood panels stripped from a decommissioned Italian embassy in Buenos Aires, sheets of shatterproof glass from an old Sherman tank factory in Upstate New York, swing-out wooden bar stools from a nineteenth-century diner, pendant lights from the old New York Times building . . . The historic decor gestures at early-twentieth-century New York City, but mostly as an attempt to inscribe a sense of place upon a brand-new building—a challenge these partners had never before taken on. The blond stone building that Stoneburner inhabits is home to the new boutique Hotel Ballard, whose owners approached the duo to create its off-the-lobby restaurant even before Bastille happened in 2009.— Seattle Met
The ceiling over the bar features a recessed oval made from Kingwood taken from the decommissioned Italian Embassy in Buenos Aires. Three Italian Sputnik light fixtures hang overhead, while two multibulb standing lamps (also from Italy) flank a 500-pound finial the two found on a salvage trip to the East Coast…. In the main dining area, vintage school teacher’s chairs from New York tuck into each table. Above it all is a ceiling from an Amish school in Wisconsin. And below, custom cement tile from Nicaragua is laid in place with dark grout… Everywhere you look there is a thoughtful detailed touch.— Gray Magazine
Everywhere you look there is a thoughtful detailed touch…
Every project comes with its own set of challenges. In the case of projects involving older buildings that are long on character but short on structure, much of the challenge can involve rehab work aimed at ensuring that the building will simply remain standing. Projects that involve new buildings are an altogether different matter – the work of shoring up an old building is relatively straightforward compared to the complex challenges involved in designing and building an authentic feeling character space in a raw concrete shell. The Stoneburner project involved just such a task – to build an Italian restaurant in a newly constructed shell; an upscale Italian restaurant with enough warm wood and earthy tile to make you forget that the building was only recently completed. James Weimann and Deming Maclise had collected a number of reclaimed items for the project – Kingwood paneling and ceiling details from an old Italian embassy, wrought iron gates, wire glass, a large finial… The Kingwood panels and the finial behind the bar bring an upscale feel to the space; reclaimed riddling racks, wrought iron gates, a barrel vault ceiling clad in reclaimed fir, custom dark stained booths with wood “knuckle” dividers and concave ends bring an earthy feel to what started as a concrete box. The end result is a space that feels far older than the building that houses it – walk in to Stoneburner and forget new Ballard, this is old Italy…