Street Critic | Kerry Hall, a palace on the Hill

Kerry Hall East Elevation (Image: John Feit)

One of my favorite Capitol Hill buildings is Kerry Hall, home of Cornish College for the Arts’s Dance and Music departments, on the corner of Harvard Ave E and E Roy. The sole extant building of Cornish’s original Capitol Hill campus, Kerry Hall was built in 1921 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style and was designed by Seattle architect A. H. Albertson. Its Mediterranean-inspired design reminds me of the work one of my favorite American architects, Irving Gill, as well as one of my favorite buildings, the Doge’s Palace on the Venetian Lagoon, in Venice, Italy. Kerry Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Continue reading

What’s next for Capitol Hill’s Harvard Exit: a new home for the Seattle Consulate of Mexico

What we found Monday inside the Harvard Exit: A crew hard at work building a new consulate

The People’s Republic of Capitol Hill will be host to a new headquarters for Mexico’s diplomats in Seattle. The Seattle Consulate of Mexico is slated to move into the overhauled, restored, and transformed Harvard Exit theater building on E Roy just off Broadway, CHS has learned.

The developer on the project declined to comment and a representative from the consulate said he could not provide additional information on the plans for the new facility at this time. UPDATE 2:30 PM: The consulate has confirmed the planned move but said it will announce more details including timing at a later date.

CHS has confirmed the construction underway in the old theater is part of continued work to strengthen the building’s security as a base for Mexico’s diplomatic efforts in the city. Continue reading

Federal agents struggling with arrest trigger ‘help the officer’ response on Capitol Hill

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-5-09-17-pmFederal agents taking a man into custody near Roy and Belmont triggered a large “help the officer” response Wednesday afternoon that brought Seattle Police units streaming to the street just off Broadway.

In an incident caught on video by a neighbor who wrote about the arrest in a CHS Community Post, federal agents can be seen taking a staggering man into custody as he screams about diplomatic immunity: Continue reading