Building for Culture

Historic Seattle is thrilled to announce that our campaign for the landmark Washington Hall is complete! This $9.9M campaign has spanned many years, while we’ve secured grants, government funding, and private support from our generous donors. The renovation work, which has been executed in phases, is nearing completion of Phase 3, including seismic retrofit of the entire building, installation of fire sprinklers, and installation of an elevator, enabling the Seattle Landmark to be fully accessible for the first time in its long history—107 years! Click here to see the project team and acknowledgement of funders.

For Phase 4, we sought funding through the Building for Culture grant program—a joint effort of 4Culture, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and King County Council. Signed into law just in time for Thanksgiving, this unprecedented $28M fund provides grants to 102 arts, culture, and heritage projects throughout King County. We are receiving our full request of $986,000 to complete the 4th and final phase.

With this grant, our renovation will remain on schedule and allow Washington Hall to reopen in the late spring of 2016. We’re looking forward to returning the Hall to the community for use as an arts, cultural, and gathering space, and stewarding the “Hall for All” in the decades to come! Thank you 4Culture and King County!


Photo: King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Council Chair Larry Phillips at the Building for Culture bill signing, November 24, 2015