To celebrate the completion of its ambitious five-year renovation, Washington Hall is holding a grand re-opening on Wednesday, June 1st from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Hosted by Historic Seattle, 206 Zulu, Hidmo, and Voices Rising, the Voices Rising, the event will feature music and lite refreshments provided by Madres Kitchen and Panera.
Washington Hall was commissioned by the Danish Brotherhood and opened its doors in 1908. Designed by Victor Voorhees, Washington Hall was built to provide boarding facilities for newly arrived Danish immigrants and also as a community center, fraternal lodge, and dance hall. Most notably, however, Washington Hall has served as a popular performing arts venue, hosting musicians and speakers such as Marian Anderson, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimi Hendrix, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and Joe Louis.
Despite being in constant use since its construction, Washington Hall faced demolition due to its deteriorating condition. In 2009, Historic Seattle, with the aid of 4Culture, purchased the building with the intention to restore it. The restoration and stabilization work to Washington Hall included seismic upgrades, a new roof, and securing the south wall. An elevator was added, making the building fully ADA accessible. Refinished floors, stage enhancements, new lighting, and a complete re-working of the back space of the building, all helped to restore this Historic Landmark building in a way that honors its storied past.
For more information about his event, visit Washington Hall’s Facebook page.