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July 31, 2013 at 9:08 PM

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Inside historic Publix Hotel


KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Pigeons roost in the sign of the dilapidated Publix Hotel. Uwajimaya, the Asian grocery retailer, owns the building and has plans to open market-rate apartments after a full renovation.

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Don Taniguchi, third-generation manager of the Publix Hotel in the Chinatown International District, tours through the hotel rooms and halls where he grew up, recounting his memories from the past.

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Don Taniguchi doesn't recognize the couch from when he managed the Publix before it closed a decade ago. The chair was found resting on it. He has fond memories of the tenants, who were like a second family to him as a kid, even attending his Little League games. "They were the guys, basically speaking, that I could count on."

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

This room in the Publix Hotel has a splendid view of the ceremonial gateway in Seattle's Chinatown International District.

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