Historic Seattle, with the help of 4Culture, purchased Washington Hall in the Central District in 2009 and restored it as a home for community arts, heritage, and cultural organizations, with a rental program focused on performance and community events. Built in 1908 by a Danish brotherhood, the building was sold in 1973 to Sons of Haiti, an African-American Masonic lodge. Washington Hall has hosted speakers including W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as numerous performers including Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix, and David Byrne, and was the home of On the Boards for 20 years. It reopened to the community in June 2016.

  • Primary Form of Entity: Nonprofit
  • Primary Artistic Discipline: Multidisciplinary
  • Primary Areas of Activity: Presenter, Social Justice, Community Development, Services for Arts Organizations, Venue/Facility


Case Studies


Washington Hall: A Place for Artists, L.E. Webster