Global Award for Excellence

12th Avenue Arts is one of ten real estate developments in the world selected as winners of the 2015 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence. Capitol Hill Housing was honored together with SMR Architects at the ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

The prestigious awards competition recognizes real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management.

Capitol Hill Housing is thrilled that our development has been recognized for creating a new home for the arts and a meaningful place for the neighborhood and the broader community.

So come see a show, have a beverage or a bite to eat, attend a community meeting, or visit our offices at the award-winning 12th Avenue Arts!

It’s been quite a year

As the year comes to a close, we’re reflecting on all that’s happened in 2014. It’s been quite a year for Capitol Hill Housing. Here are just a few highlights:

We launched a new website for the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict and installed the first community solar array atop our Holiday apartments.

We began construction on the remodel of the Haines, to improve and preserve homes for extremely low-income individuals. Construction will be complete in 2015.

And of course, we opened 12th Avenue Arts, which created 88 new affordable homes in the urban center of Capitol Hill. This truly mixed-use project also houses two theaters, nonprofit space and police parking. Three local restaurants will open here in spring 2015.

One of the new residents of 12th Avenue Arts, April Kim, says:

I’m one of the many people who work in central Seattle, but couldn’t afford to live in the city. My passion is photography, which I’m hoping to turn into my own business. For the first time in my life, I can pursue my dreams, while still working full time.

Donate now to help CHH preserve affordability and strengthen communities in 2015.

Bread and Roses

At the grand opening of 12th Avenue Arts, Rep. Frank Chopp quoted from the poem Bread and Roses, inspiring us to celebrate this landmark project and all that it will provide the community – from affordable housing to space for the arts.

Bread and Roses
By James Oppenheim

As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”

As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!

As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for—but we fight for roses, too!

As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler—ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

Grand Opening Celebration

Thursday, November 20, 2014
12th Avenue Arts | 1620 12th Avenue
4pm: Remarks | 5pm: Marquee lighting and building tours
Join Capitol Hill Housing and celebrate the grand opening of this extraordinary new building. Over 15 years in the making, 12th Avenue Arts is now an affordable home to more than 100 individuals and families, three community organizations, three theatre companies, locally owned businesses and secure parking for the Seattle Police Department.

Thanks to unprecedented support from the community, Capitol Hill Housing has raised the roof on 12th Avenue Arts!

  • Refreshments from local restaurants
  • Performances curated by Washington Ensemble Theatre
Presenting sponsors
KeyBank | National Development Council
Roof raisers

SMR Architects | Walsh Construction
Community builders

Seattle Academy | Seattle University | MBI / Herman Miller | Foster Pepper
Sprague Israel Giles | Squire Patton Boggs
Event produced by the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation

We are moving!

future office space

12th Avenue Arts is in the final stages of construction and we will be moving into our new office space there on October 18, 2014.

The new address will be:
1620 12th Avenue, Suite 205
Seattle, WA 98122

The grand opening of the building will be in November – look for details soon!

What do you want the Capitol Hill Arts District to accomplish?

At our community forum on May 20th, the conversation about launching a Capitol Hill Arts District focused on affordability and preserving arts spaces – and there was consensus that a formalized arts district is needed.

People texted answers to the question “What do you want the Capitol Hill Arts District to accomplish?” If you couldn’t make it to the forum, click here to add your answer to the online poll, through June 11.

Over the next few months, we will be working closely with the city, arts organizations and individual artists to help make the arts district a reality.

The roof has been raised!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Construction of 12th Avenue Arts continues on schedule. Our capital campaign slogan, “Raise the Roof,” was made real as the roof of the building went on in January.

We recently gave a hard hat tour of the building to several supporters who were impressed with the completed volumes of the theater spaces and the outdoor deck spaces that residents will be able to use.

4Culture announced a new $50,000 grant to 12th Avenue Arts ­– their fourth grant for the project. You can join them and other supporters of this landmark development by making a donation online now. Gifts of $500 or more will receive name recognition on one of the new theater seats.

You can see more photos of the building construction on Facebook.