Document Type

Case Study

Publication Date



Andrea Wagner; Roxanne Hornbeck


Susan Kunimatsu


Washington Hall has been a welcoming place for artists to gather, create, entertain, and celebrate since its construction in 1908. Located in the Central District of Seattle, it has been an important arts, cultural and social venue for the diverse communities that surround it. From 1979 to 1998, it was the home of On the Boards, a presenter of cutting edge performing artists, local and international. Because of the changing nature of the Central District, many arts groups and artists who performed at Washington Hall have moved on to venues throughout Seattle. In this way, the Hall has had far-reaching impacts on the Seattle arts ecosystem. While the demographics of the Central District have evolved dramatically, the history and architecture of Washington Hall still draw artists and audiences.

Organization or Event

Washington Hall

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Area of Activity

Presenter, Social Justice, Community Development, Services for Arts Organizations, Venue/Facility

Artistic Discipline