Renovation


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Contractor working on masonry / Photo: Historic Seattle

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Washington Hall Renovation

Washington Hall has consistently functioned as a performance space since its construction in 1908 but had fallen into disrepair in the last few decades and was in danger of demolition before Historic Seattle acquired the building in June of 2009.

Our approach to renovating Washington Hall is to retain existing historic fabric and features; repair where needed; and replace in-kind if needed.

The restoration of Washington Hall is a $9.8 million project, which is being executed in three phases:

Phase I – $2.3 million for property acquisition and stabilization…this phase has been achieved.

Phase II – $700,000 for urgently needed roof replacement and rebuild of damaged south wall…this phase is also completed; and

Phase III – $6.8 million for seismic retrofit, ADA compliance, finishes, and performance and operating space build-out.

Historic Seattle commissioned a feasibility study indicating strong support for a more than $9 million capital campaign, of which approximately $4 million would come from private gifts and grants. As a result of this study, we have contracted with capital campaign counsel and are now embarking on the final phase of the campaign for Washington Hall.

The Campaign’s Critical Third Phase

Now and in the months ahead, Historic Seattle will be embarking on the third—and final—phase of the Washington Hall Capital Campaign.

We are now working to raise the final $6.8 million in order to build out performance space and to fully restore this beautiful building. Toward this end, we are seeking leadership gifts and grants from foundations, corporations, and other leaders in Seattle’s philanthropic community.

The momentum on the Washington Hall Restoration Campaign is growing! With the first two phases completed and active involvement of our community partners, this beautiful community space is taking shape and the promise of this vision is on its way to full realization.

To Make a Gift or To Learn More

Thank you for your interest in the campaign to restore Washington Hall. For more information about the Campaign for Washington Hall or to get involved in the campaign, please contact:

Kathleen Brooker, Historic Seattle’s Executive Director at (206) 622-5444 or kathleenb@historicseattle.org
Joan Caine—Sirius Advice at (206) 380-2795 or joanc@siriusadvice.com
Paul Haas—Sirius Advice at (206) 356-4801 or pallanhaas@gmail.com

We look forward to talking with you about bringing new life to this wonderful performance hall!