Downstairs is Getting an Upgrade

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Downstairs is Getting an Upgrade

We’re removing the old Downstairs ramp to make way for mobility improvements like grade-level, accessible restrooms and a brand new elevator. Plus, shallower sills on our northern windows will let in more natural light! We’re also adding a new Downtown-facing street level entrance to this space, which will open up the room to foot traffic.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Protecting the Organ Screen

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Protecting the Organ Screen

The delicate organ screen will be protected by this layer of plywood during the renovation. On June 30, just before the renovation began, we toasted our community of artists and activists, and sounded the wooden pipes of our Austin Organ one last time with a G Major chord, “the People’s key.” Our sendoff marked a transformation for our historic building, and for our organization. We’re excited to bring our programming to stages throughout Seattle during our ambitious upcoming “Inside/Out” year.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Renovation Begins…

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Renovation Begins

The renovation project begins in the Great Hall with our friends at RAFN Construction. The carpet has since been removed to give the concrete floors some love, and the space looks remarkably different. The Great Hall will be getting a scaffold for light and sound, an acoustic reflector, a new green room, and plenty more upgrades over the course of the renovation.

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Town Hall Past and Future

We’re just six months away from the beginning of Town Hall’s highly-anticipated renovation. As we prepare to revitalize our 100-year-old building, we are inviting our members to join us on February 26 at 2 p.m. for a celebration of this beautiful, unique space and its role in Seattle’s history. David Brewster (Town Hall’s founder), will be joined by Lawrence Kreisman (Historic Seattle), and Clint Pehrson (Town Hall Board of Directors), to tell the story of this place—formerly Seattle Fourth Church of Christian Science—and its transformation from an expression of 20th century religious community into a 21st century home for civic, intellectual, and cultural life.

David Brewster founded Town Hall Seattle, Seattle Weekly, Crosscut.com, and Folio: The Seattle Antheneaum. He will share the story of how this building became Town Hall’s home and the need he saw for a mid-sized, multi-disciplinary arts and civic center in Seattle.

Lawrence Kreisman has spoken eloquently about Town Hall’s Greek Revival building with its fluted column entrance and terra-cotta sheathing, and he has a particular interest in the showpiece of the sanctuary: the stained and leaded glass windows and dome, created by the Povery Brothers of Portland, Oregon. He will discuss these signature features and place the Povery Brothers’ work in context.

Clint Pehrson has practiced architecture in Seattle since 1980, specializing in facilities for cultural institutions—libraries, churches, civic, and arts organizations. In addition to being a current Town Hall Board member, he was one of the original investors who made it possible to purchase the building and create the Town Hall Seattle we know today.

After the program, you are invited for a behind-the-scenes tour of Town Hall.* In a century-old building, there are many interesting places to explore that you don’t normally see—from the organ loft, to backstage green rooms, and so much more. It is wonderful way to imagine what the renovation will mean for the future of the space and your future experience at Town Hall.

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS TODAY

*Tours on February 26th will be limited. After you reserve your ticket, look for your invitation (sent via email) two weeks before the event to secure your building tour space. We will be pleased to help you RSVP for one of our twice-monthly building tours if space does not allow you to participate in this one.

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