May 31 is Historic Seattle Program Director Larry Kreisman’s 70th birthday, and we invite you to experience period music at his favorite Seattle building. Enjoy this specially arranged performance of classical pieces, ragtime, and American songbook standards from the 1920s performed by Dawn Clement in the Steinway Showroom. Delight in the exquisite lobby and the unique offices nestled into the crown of what is arguably the region’s finest step-back Art Deco skyscraper, designed by the firm of Albertson, Wilson & Richardson and completed in 1929. This man-made mountain in graded brick with terra cotta ornament and capping has a lobby conceived as a tunnel, bored through solid rock, and “carved and decorated as a civilized cave man might do it,” according to the architects. A separate elevator leads to the original corporate office floors. Refreshments will be served in the original Board Room of the Northern Life Insurance Company, which still retains its red-veined marble fireplace surround and windows opening to views of Puget Sound. The top floor has a splendid 360-degree outdoor terrace and closeup views of the stylized evergreens that crown the parapet.
Seattle-based pianist/composer/vocalist Dawn Clement has performed at Good Shepherd Center’s Chapel Space during several of Historic Seattle’s Preservation Awards ceremonies. She has played with some of the brightest luminaries in contemporary jazz and has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe. Dawn is adjunct instructor at Cornish College of the Arts, where she also received her Bachelors of Music in 2000. She also holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Music Composition from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Along with teaching, performing, and recording, Clement is an active composer and song-writer. Her original compositions range from songs for string quartet and voice to a suite for viola and piano to tunes for jazz quintet to original blues arrangements for a murder mystery play.
Co-Sponsors: Steinway Showroom, Montgomery Scarp, PLLC, SKANSKA, Urban Renaissance Management Company
This Special Event is SOLD OUT.