The most noteworthy room came to be known as the Cloud Room, which offered guests 360 degree views of the city. Although not originally part of the plans, renovations in 1942 including reducing room size as to increase the total number of rooms, as well as creating the cocktail lounge -- the Cloud Room. The top-level lounge hosted famous acts such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, and Miles Davis. The hotel and restaurant/lounge came to be known as one of the elite places in Seattle.
Background on Adolph Linden and Edmund Campbell
Adolph Linden was born in 1889 in Des Moines, Iowa. His father served as a Baptist preacher and moved the family to Seattle when Adolph was in high school and promptly acted as the pastor of a Swedish Baptist Church However, Adolph chose to bank as a profession, eventually finding employment with the Puget Sound Savings and Loan Association. He met his eventual wife there, and her father happened to be the President of the Puget Sound Savings and Loan in 1916. When Linden's father-in-law died in 1923, Linden assumed control of the company.
Meanwhile, Edmund Campbell, who was 19 years older than Linden, was vice president and secretary of the Puget Sound Savings and Loan Association in 1923. The two ventured into numerous business deals, such as providing loans to Oklahoma oil ventures and, in 1925, creating The Camlin Investment Company. However, to get the new investment company off the ground, the two men borrowed $865,988 from Puget Savings, which was eventually used to build the hotel.
When an independent state supervisor discovered the method for obtaining the funds, the two men were ordered to make restitution. However, failing to do so, Adolph Linden was arrested for grand larceny in 1931 for embezzlement and sentenced to five to fifteen years at the Walla Walla State Penitentiary. Edmund Campbell was charged with the same crime in 1938.