The James Beard Foundation today announced it has named Seattle fine-dining institution Canlis the 2019 Design Icon Award winner. The mid-century modern building on Queen Anne now has architectural recognition from the “Oscars of the food world” to go with the numerous accolades for its food, including other James Beard Award nominations.
To qualify, a restaurant’s “design must have remained substantially unchanged for at least 20 years and must have influenced and inspired the design of subsequent restaurants. Additionally, the restaurant/dining space must still be in operation.” Built in 1950 and designed by architect Roland Terry, Canlis’s style draws from Frank Lloyd Wright and the California Modern movement. Its cantilevered construction and large windows give diners the feeling of hovering off the edge of Queen Anne hill.
Canlis won its first James Beard Award in 2017 for Outstanding Wine Program. This year, it is nominated for an Outstanding Service award, and chef Brady Williams is a semifinalist for Best Chef: Northwest. The winners in these categories will be announced on May 6 in Chicago.