Moulding Restoration

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Moulding Restoration

The historic moulding in the Great Hall is in terrific shape for its age. A few pieces require some restoration, and those that we’re unable to repair will be fully replicated. Our friends at RAFN construction carefully removed some of the existing plasterwork prior to demolishing the old elevator. Their staff is currently working on stripping the old paint and creating molds from the newly-cleaned pieces. This will allow them to cast new plaster elements to match the original decorative accents. Soon we’ll have newly-cast moulding that’s faithful to the graceful and historic design of the original!

When the elevator was added to the building in February 1960, the construction required some of the existing plasterwork to be cut or removed. With the new mold RAFN is making, they’ll be able to replace the missing or damaged pieces and restore the Great Hall’s plasterwork to the way it looked before the elevator’s installation nearly six decades ago.

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From Paperwork to Private Events

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From Paperwork to Private Events

We’re transforming our former admin offices into a brand new intimate performance and reception space. With the removal of the walls, this space will become a ~75 seat performance venue ideal for poetry readings, group discussions, or community gatherings. Our staff already hardly recognizes their former workspace![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

View from the Top

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View From the Top

The stained glass windows in our Great Hall have been fully removed and taken offsite for restoration, leaving us with an unconventional view of the changing leaves. It’s remarkable how quickly the renovation has changed the look of our familiar building, and there’s still so much more to go.

Like the trees, Town Hall will spend this winter laid bare and awaiting rejuvenation. Come next spring the decorative stained glass will return and our building will start to look like its old self again. And by this time next year the renovation will be close to completion![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Robot on the Stairs

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Robot on the Stairs

The vomitorium from our lobby level to the Great Hall remained unused due to safety concerns. Although this stairway certainly lent some charm to the lobby, with the help of this excavator, we’d much rather use the space for adding 17 accessible new restrooms on the ground floor!

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Behind Bars

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Behind Bars

This sturdy rebar frame will be filled with concrete to thicken and reinforce our historic walls as part of our seismic stabilization efforts! The building is currently unreinforced masonry, so the importance of earthquake-proofing cannot be overstated.
One of these frames will be erected in each corner of the building, and all four will be connected by large steel beams built into the upper and lower floors. The result will be a “cage” integrated seamlessly into the walls, securing the structure against tremors without compromising the character of the building’s historic design.

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Underground Shenanigans

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Underground Shenanigans

Our friends at RAFN construction discovered the remains of Town Hall’s old heating system while digging into the basement level. Makes us glad we’ll be installing our new climate control system somewhere a little less spooky.
It’s a persistent urban legend among our staff that somewhere in the sub-basements of Town Hall there’s a passageway that connects our building to the Seattle underground. The renovation’s foreman told us it’s unlikely—but the team is keeping their eyes peeled just in case![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Stained to Perfection

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Stained to Perfection

The stained glass from our windows in the Great Hall is being removed for refurbishing. It’s unusual to see the Great Hall without those lively panes, but we’re excited to see how they look when they return to us restored! Until the glass returns, these windows will be boarded up with large plywood panels to help weatherproof the room.

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Terra Cotta Scaffold

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Terra Cotta Scaffold

This scaffold sprung up around our building so that our friends at Pioneer Masonry can begin restoration work on our historic terra cotta facade. These tiles reflect light in the rain or snow, giving Town Hall a unique shine in inclement weather. We can’t wait to see them brightened up! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Not Just Holes in the Floor

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Not Just Holes in the Floor

One of the first stages of the renovation is the groundwork for our seismic stabilization system. They may not look like much now, but these holes are the foundation of a reinforced steel frame that will keep Town Hall anchored to our city for another century. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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