A 5,000-square-foot penthouse-style suite under construction in the historic Astoria National Bank building will complete the renovation of this 1923 structure.

Walter and Trish Bright of Seattle own the bank building, and plan to call the new luxury rental the "Banker's Suite."

Situated above the Columbia River Day Spa at 1215 Duane Street, the suite will be ready for guests by the early summer 2006, Jared Rickenbach said. Rickenbach Construction of Astoria has been contracted to complete this renovation and rehabilitation project.

The suite will include a spacious living room with gas fireplace, flooded by light from the floor-to-ceiling, multi-pane windows lining the north and west walls. A single bedroom, kitchen, two bathrooms, and an enormous walk-in closet will also be included in the suite.

Rickenbach, who has been in charge of the nationally recognized Liberty Theatre renovation, said that preserving and renovating some of the special design features of the interior is a highlight of the project.

"The plaster work on the square columns capped by decorative Corinthian capitals that encircle the future living room will be restored," Rickenbach said.

The vertical original window openings will also be restored. Murals will adorn the ceiling above the living room.

Michelle Dieffenbach, project architect, is overseeing all the design work. The Brights plan to rent the suite on a nightly or weekly basis to out-of-town guests who come to Astoria.

"Wedding parties, honeymooners, or groups of friends gathering for a weekend of socializing and cultural activities in Astoria might be prospective guests," said Trish Bright.

One year ago, Michael Weissenfluh, owner of the Columbia River Day Spa below, had the ground floor completely rehabilitated for his business purpose.

The "Banker's Suite" in the Astoria National Bank building will join several other existing and new penthouse-style suites located in or near Astoria's commercial district.

Contact Walter or Trish Bright for more information at (425) 417 6512.

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