A vibrant gathering place in the heart of Seattle, Town Hall fosters an engaged community through civic, arts, and educational programs that reflect—and inspire—our region’s best impulses: creativity, empathy, and the belief that we all deserve a voice.
Who We Are
Town Hall is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1998 to save a beloved historic building and create an affordable performance home for the region’s small to midsized arts and civic organizations.
Today, Town Hall has matured into a nationally unique artistic and civic hub located in the heart of Seattle. We annually engage 110,000+ people at more than 425 events, host 90 community producers on our stages, present hundreds of artists and scholars, and collaborate with an additional 150 grassroots groups in our self-produced programs.
Far more than just a venue, Town Hall is a gathering place where ideas are planted and movements grow. It’s where we come together as a community to listen and be heard—to ask and answer the big questions facing our city and our world.
Our highly collaborative model and deep commitment to accessibility—for presenters and audiences—make us a new kind of cultural catalyst. Half of our calendar is built by community producers (about 90 every year). Through subsidized rental rates and hands-on production/marketing support for these homegrown organizations, Town Hall levels the cultural playing field and amplifies the voices of diverse communities.
The remaining 200+ programs—spanning the arts, civics, and sciences—are produced by Town Hall: our staff, series curators, 150 collaborating partners, and other thinkers and doers who push our creative frontiers.
The resulting calendar is an inclusive, present-tense reflection of life here in the Puget Sound. With wide open doors and radically affordable ticket prices, everyone can take part, be inspired, and use their voice to shape our future.
Our Historic Building
The Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist, built this edifice in two stages, 1916-1922. It was built at the peak of the Christian Science movement, when the church could afford generous spaces and fine finishes. The congregation was the sole and continuous occupant of the building until it was sold to Town Hall in 1998.
Architect for the church was George Foote Dunham of Portland, whose one other building in Seattle is the Christian Science Church on Northeast 17th on Fraternity Row in the University District. Dunham used a popular style for Christian Science churches, namely Roman Revival.
Like most Christian Science Churches, this one is built to resemble a public building, with no religious symbolism inside or out. The building has a large portico with six two-story columns fronting on Eighth Avenue, a central dome with oculus, large art-glass windows, and elaborate window treatments with pilasters and a balcony on the Seneca side.
All four sides of the building are clad in terra cotta, a popular white glazed material that reflects light well in winter and glows after rain.
Staff & Curators
Board of Directors
Deborah Person, President
Anita Mires, Vice President
Bill Rives, Treasurer
Tom Robertson, Secretary
Susan Trapnell, Chair
Katherine de Bruyn
Elisa Mandell Keller