One of the few remaining gay bathouses in America, Seattle Washington’s Club Z in the Capitol Hill section is up for sale.
Here is the realtor’s description for the $2.15 million listing for 1117 Pike:
Built in 1906 this three story commercial building is for sale for the first time in almost 40 years. The Pike Building is located just above downtown Seattle in an A+ Capitol Hill location. This offers a Buyer the rare opportunity to purchase a pride-of-ownership property located only 3 blocks from downtown Seattle.
“The property offers endless potential for an investor to redevelop the property or maintain the existing use,” the marketing copy concludes.
The building has been home to a gay bathhouse for decades. Today known as Club Z, (originally called the “Zodiac Social Club”) the sex club is one of the few left in the country.
The Stranger’s Christopher Frizzelle wrote a rather sex-negative history of the Club Z building’s place in Seattle — a mix of early 20th century hotels, World War II internment, AIDS, drugs, and sex — as the property was being planned for demolition and development in the early 2000s. A project to create a multi-story condominium development began the permitting process but never made it past planning phases. The property continues to be held by the same real estate investor who purchased it in the 1970s.
In January Chicago’s landmark gay bathhouse Man’s Country closed after 44 years in business.
Shall we start a $2.15 million dollar GoFundMe campaign to buy it and save our historic gay sex spaces?