Please join Historic Seattle at our Annual Meeting (open to members and the public) as we welcome in our 40th year of education, advocacy, and preservation of historic structures in the lovely surroundings of First Hill’s leading cultural institution, the Frye Art Museum.
Charles Frye was the son of German immigrants who moved to Seattle in 1888. He established the leading meatpacking business and invested in real estate, gold mines, and oil wells. With their increasing wealth, he and his wife Emma became avid collectors and patrons of the arts. They had a particular interest in 19th century European realism. The Fryes displayed their paintings in a Classical Revival home at 9th Avenue and Columbia Street, built on the site of Coppin’s well and designed by architects Bebb and Mendel. Eventually, they added a skylit art gallery to the home to display their expanding collections. This became the founding collection of the Frye Art Museum, opened on February 8, 1952 in a building designed by Paul Thiry. With a rear addition in 1984 by Callison Partnership and a major addition and interior remodeling by Olson/Sundberg in 1997, the museum has expanded its collecting range and audience base.
Deputy Director Jill Rullkoetter will discuss the museum’s history and its programs, and lead tours.
WHERE: Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, 98104
Parking lot west of museum and on-street metered parking
Cost: Free/donation. Light refreshments