CHS Pics | 12th Ave — Capitol Hill home field for Women’s World Cup

If Team USA is on the field in France during the Women’s World Cup, you’ll want to be on 12th Ave.

Tuesday for the first game of the French-hosted 2019 tournament for the Americans, CHS stopped by our neighborhood German beer bar, naturally, to catch the game and the crowd. Continue reading

On the List | Capitol Hill Queer Art Walk, Portshowlio, Well Plaid Seattle Quake Rugby fundraiser

Portshowlio 2019 showcases the work of Seattle Central design and visual media graduates

Another week in June, another Pride-focused seven days ahead. Some queer business-focused events to mark your calendars for: a workshop on how to build a trans-inclusive workplace on Friday, another on “queering your career” and being yourself in the workplace at The Riveter next Wednesday. Future For Us hosts a “Know your rights in the workplace” panel for women of color this Thursday.

Gastronomes can continue to enjoy the vegan (dessert) revolution currently happening on the Hill, as Sugar Plum chef Making Howell hosts a multi-course plant-based dessert tasting menu.

And, while Seattle waits for the Museum of Museums to open near Broadway, there’s plenty more art to see this week — especially during Queer Art Walk. Find our artistic and other picks on the list below, and head over to the CHS Pride Calendar and CHS Calendar for more events.

WEDNESDAY, June 12 – THURSDAY, June 13: June is not just Pride month, it’s also graduation time. Find out what the graduating class of Seattle Central Creative Academy has been up to during Portshowlio 2019, a showcase of the work from over 60 design and visual media graduates, which includes fashion and street photography, a brutalist architecture guide, a 14-foot screen featuring Pacific Northwest drone footage, advertising campaigns for Capitol Hill Block Party Campaign and even a Tamagotchi phone app design. Seattle Central College (5th floor), 5 – 9 PM

WEDNESDAY, June 12: The Capitol Hill institution Vermillion is still standing. Eleven years after starting the art gallery/bar, it is a holdout in a very different neighborhood. Celebrate Vermillion’s 11th birthday with cake, snacks, a raffle with wine and tickets to Alternative Pride and boogie, soul, funk, and jazz. Vermillion, 8 – 11 PM Continue reading

As it powers Trans Pride Seattle, Gender Justice League grows its mission

A scene from Trans Pride Seattle 2018

The Gender Justice League, a Capitol Hill based nonprofit providing support and advocacy for transgender and gender queer individuals will be putting on this month’s Trans Pride Seattle with a different perspective. Earlier this year, Danni Askini, the organization’s executive director and co-founder, stepped down.

“I think every nonprofit faces different tiers, milestones, and levels in their organization’s growth. You can plateau and create a system sustaining that plateau, or you can look to expand how you engage with and what you offer the community,” said Elayne Wylie, now the organization’s co-executive director with Tobi Hill-Meyer.

2019’s Trans Pride Seattle is slated once again to begin at Capitol HIll’s Cal Anderson Park.

Trans Pride Seattle 2019

As the nonprofit is working to put together its first Trans Pride without Askini, Wylie said the organization is striving to continue to advocate for transgender and gender diverse individuals — a mission that has grown in its new world without its longtime leader. Continue reading

After brief lull, District 3 candidate forums and endorsement meetings kick back into gear — UPDATE

Though there have been parties — Tuesday night, Egan Orion kicked off his campaign at Sole Repair while Zachary DeWolf chose The Summit event space for his launch event — and get out the vote efforts, it has been a relatively quiet start to June for the candidates vying for the District 3 seat on the Seattle City Council. That’s set to change with another round of candidate forums and endorsement meetings.

Perhaps the most important from a campaign momentum perspective will come next Tuesday as the 43rd District Democrats gather for their summer primary endorsement meeting. In 2015, the influential group’s lack of support for fellow Democrat Pamela Banks was a sign of things to come as the challenger was eventually blown away by the Socialist Alternative powerhouse campaign of Kshama Sawant. Continue reading

What you’ll find at the Capitol Hill WeWork

A WeWork lobby in Xujiahui (Image: WeWork)

Late last year, news spread that the preservation-boosted Kelly Springfield office building hoped to bring more jobs to Capitol Hill and help spark more daytime activity in Pike/Pine would have one gargantuan tenant — global coworking powerhouse, WeWork.

With construction on the building nearly complete, the finishing touches being put on its restored but still representative auto row-era facade, and the streetscape and rainbows restored, the company’s newest Seattle office-space location is nearly ready to offer up its first “hot desk.” When it does, want-to-be Pike/Pine workers will find five stories of dedicated WeWork space including “light-filled lounges, modern conference rooms, and sleek private offices” and some of the rapidly growing companies newest features like the Made by We store.

WeWork representatives haven’t responded to our inquiries about opening plans but the new facility is accepting sign-ups for tours and workspaces. Last year, the company said to expect workers to arrive “by late summer.” Continue reading

A new contemporary art museum will open this year in derelict office building on First Hill

Boarded up windows, graffiti and overgrown vines. For the last year, that was the view for anyone walking, biking, driving or riding the streetcar past the beige midcentury building on the intersection of Boylston Ave, Marion, and Broadway.

Not for much longer. By this fall, the former office building owned by Swedish Health Services will reopen as a contemporary art museum, courtesy of Greg Lundgren of Vito’s and The Hideout and art production company Vital 5 Productions. With Vital 5, Lundgren has organized sweeping temporary exhibitions in buildings slated for development during the Seattle Art Fair in 2016 and 2017.

Last week, Lundgren signed a lease on the First Hill problem property, a midcentury building that belongs to Swedish Health Services and for years operated as a medical office and retail space (selling prosthetics for people with breast cancer) and most recently a storage facility. The building stood empty for at least a year.

“Right now it looks like a haunted house,” Lundgren says of the first floor when CHS met him in the building, dusty and full of knocked-out wooden beams and walls, the windows still boarded up. “I think in a couple of months it’s going to be pretty special.” Continue reading

City Council notes: Showbox ‘saved’ some more, Battle of Fort Lawton ends


It was a busy, pre-summer rush Monday for the Seattle City Council with a flurry of votes on some of the city’s important open issues.

  • The Showbox: Proponents for preserving the 1st Ave building lined up for redevelopment scored another small victory Monday as the council voted 8-1 on an a six-month extension of the temporary expansion of the Pike Place Historic District. Last week, the building also made it through the first round of the city’s landmarks designation process. Unlike many of the council’s few 8-1 votes, the lone holdout was not District 3’s Kshama Sawant who has been a champion of the preservation effort even thought it is stymying potential redevelopment. Instead, interim council member Abel Pacheco was the lone voice on the council saying the need for housing — or, at least, Mandatory Housing Affordability in-lieu payments — outweighed the venue’s value.
  • Fort Lawton: A housing battle that has simmered for 13 years reached a new milestone as the council unanimously approved a plan to create hundreds of units of affordable housing on the site of the former army base in northwest Seattle.
  • Capitol Hill Design Guidelines and rent bidding ban: Also, as expected, the council approved updated design guidelines for Capitol Hill and extended the city’s temporary ban on rent bidding platforms.

Former e-bike shop lined up as planned new home for Central District post office

There is a plan for the Central District to get its post office back.

In a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan, the United States Postal service says it is working on agreement with the property owner of The Central building at 2207 E Union to take over the space being left vacant by the exit of electric bike dealership Electric Lady.

“If this location is not adequate or an agreement cannot be reached with its owner, the Postal Service will consider other sites within the preferred area as shown at the May 2, 2019, meeting,” the letter reads. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Partly cloudy with Thunderpussy — but no rain — at the 2019 Volunteer Park Pride Festival

With fairy wings, rainbow swimsuits, hip-hop funk, blues, and rock and roll, the Volunteer Park Pride Festival brought Seattle’s celebration of LGBTQ+ to Capitol Hill Saturday as part of a busy month of events in the neighborhood culminating with a weekend of parties around Pike/Pine and Broadway before the city’s annual parade on June 30th.

“The event being in the backyard of where I grew up is such a huge thing for me. I’m so proud to be on stage singing my heart out for the Seattle queer community,” J GRGRY, one of the musical artists who performed at Saturday’s festival told CHS. Continue reading

What the Capitol Hill auto row-inspired project planned to replace Hilltop Service Station will look like

The concept for the 523 Hilltop project (Images: Studio Meng Strazzara)

The last time this Capitol Hill developer and the architects from Studio Meng Strazzara hooked up, they created an eight-story project designed to set the standard for Pike/Pine preservation and redevelopment. On 15th Ave E, Hunters Capital won’t leave any motor car history to work with as it prepares to demolish the Hilltop Service Station and continue the work to slowly repair the soils beneath from decades of contamination — but the proposed design for its coming 523 Hilltop building is inspired by Capitol Hill’s auto row past.

Design review: 523 15th Ave E

The Hunters Capital project takes its first pass by the East Design Review Board Wednesday night. Continue reading