Our century-old historic home needs some love.
A Revitalized Town Hall
Our building’s top-to-bottom renovation is over halfway complete! We’re excited to watch our venue transform with vital improvements like our 17 new gender-neutral restrooms and structural reinforcements for seismic stabilization—and the upgrades are beginning to take shape. (Check out the photos below for a glimpse into the renovation’s progress!)
While our building is under construction, we’re programming events in venues all over Seattle with a season we’re calling Inside/Out. This exciting experiment has taken us all over the city and introduced us to many wonderful new audiences and partners—and we’re not done just yet!
We’ll continue to program Inside/Out for the first half of our 2018-19 season while the renovation comes to its conclusion, before inviting our beloved audiences back to our historic home when we re-open in 2019. Until then, join us in a neighborhood near you for the Town Hall events you love!
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A REVITALIZED TOWN HALL
Town Hall is getting the love it needs to remain a part of Seattle for another century. After 18 seasons of Town Hall programming and over a century since its construction, our historic venue is ready for some love. Our landmark home is getting a top-to-bottom renovation, with nuts-and-bolts necessities like seismic stabilization and vital patron improvements.
Our historic building opened its doors in 1916 as the Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist. When Town Hall purchased the building in 1998 we made a commitment to preserve the structure. Town Hall adopted Landmark status to keep the upgrades from altering the building’s aesthetic.
Our building is un-reinforced masonry, and needs seismic retrofitting for stabilization against earthquakes. The renovation includes other structural improvements as well, like a new roof and shear walls with integrated steel for added stability.
Town Hall is committed to maximizing access so we’ve ensured that the renovation includes major ADA advances, including a new at-grade entrance to the Forum, a drop-off area and graded ramp on 8th avenue, and a new passenger elevator. In addition, we’re installing our hearing loop system in every performance space in the building!
One of our most crucial upgrades will be the installation of 17 new gender-neutral restrooms on the lobby level, including 2 ADA accessible stalls. We’re also adding a climate control system to enable programming through the hot summer months, creating a year-round Town Hall!
The addition of a broadcast center and media room will greatly expand our Digital Stage, broadening our platform for accessible digital streams and archives. We’ll enjoy increased capacity for livestreams, podcasts, and exclusive interviews with our speakers and performers.
THE GREAT HALL
Long-time friends of Town Hall are familiar with the Great Hall’s signature warmth and unique intimacy. The renovation will preserve the Great Hall’s look and feel while overhauling the space with restored oak pews, a custom-designed acoustic reflector, a new stage and lighting grid, and enhanced digital capabilities.
Our Downstairs space is becoming the Forum, the most flexible high-capacity performance space of its kind in Seattle. The Forum is a fully transformable venue which features a modular stage and seating that can be rearranged to suit any performance—as well as a new library and bar!
THE READING ROOM
We’re converting our old staff offices on the main floor into a new performance space we’re calling The Reading Room. With a comfortable capacity of 75, the space will create an intimate atmosphere for small lectures, gatherings, and receptions, blurring the line between speaker and audience.
A HOME FOR OUR FUTURE
A home for new ideas, a platform for the voices of our community, a space to share connections with the people who inspire us—most importantly, Town Hall is yours. This renovation project will keep it that way for another century, ensuring that Town Hall remains a modern and sustainable home for curious, creative, and engaged Seattleites.
The project is managed by Point 32 Services; designed by architects Weinstein A|U (design architect) and Building work (Architect of Record); acoustic engineering by Jaffe Holden; and built by RAFN Construction.
General Contractor RAFN is a leader among sustainable builders in the Puget Sound region. They have worked on projects such as the Seattle University’s Connolly Center and Campion Ballroom, the Bethany Presbyterian Church, and the Boeing Imax Theater.
Project Managers Point32 have overseen work for the Seattle Aquarium, The Bullitt Center, Woodland Park Zoo, the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Uptown Theater (now home of SIFF), and the Nobel Center in Stockholm.
Weinstein A+U is an Architecture and Urban Design firm who have worked on projects such as the Woodland Park Zoo West Entry, Kenmore Library, Temple de Hirsch Sinai Eastside Synagogue, and Hugo House.
BuildingWork (Architect of Record) focuses on the design of civic and community spaces, creative workplaces, adaptive re-use projects, and historic preservation.
Jaffe Holden is an acclaimed acoustic design consultancy, with project experience including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Hollywood Bowl, The Sterling Memorial Library Renovation at Yale, and the Kennedy Center at the Eisenhower Theater in Washington, DC.