Join us on January 8th, from 10am - 6pm for the "Fresh Start" market presented South End Public Market. A new year means new healthy habits and resolutions. Shop local artisans for inspiration in the hew year. This month we will be at IntraSpace, 3100 Airport Way S #24-108, Seattle, WA 98134, in the North end of the old Rainier brewery building. This is another indoor space so we will be asking all to be masked and stagger entry.
Vendors this month
BEACON HILL LANDMARK THE GARDEN HOUSE ACQUIRED BY HISTORIC SEATTLE TO RESTORE COMMUNITY USE
SEATTLE, WA – December 27, 2021 -- Preservation organization Historic Seattle has successfully acquired Beacon Hill’s landmarked Garden House, located at 2336 15th Ave South, and will restore its long-time community use under their ownership.
The $2M deal, which closed on December 23, was made possible through grants from the King County Conservation Futures program, contributions from more than 100 private donors thus far, and City of Seattle seed funding, which was championed in 2018 by then-president of the City Council Bruce Harrell. Seattle Parks and Recreation will hold an easement, permanently protecting public green space in the neighborhood.
Under its ownership of the property, Historic Seattle will restore and repair the house and grounds and will work with community partners, including Beacon Arts, to reactivate the space for community use.
The Victorian home was constructed in 1886, and its grounds are home to pear trees that date back as far as a century. The Garden House is also known as the Turner-Koepf House, and it served the Jefferson Park Ladies’ Improvement Club and Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs for decades. A longstanding covenant that had guaranteed the property’s use for community purposes was deemed invalid in a 2016 lawsuit, and the property was listed for sale in 2018. Despite making a higher offer to purchase the property in 2018, Historic Seattle was unsuccessful in that bid, and a private party took ownership instead.
Historic Seattle staff & leadership visited Beacon Hill’s Garden House during due diligence for the $2M deal.
“Long, hard work like this is the center of our mission to save meaningful places that foster lively communities,” said Kji Kelly, executive director of Historic Seattle. “In Seattle’s current real estate market, historic community spaces are constantly under threat. The Garden House had fostered an incredibly lively community for decades, and we are proud to restore that community use through our ownership.”
“What looks like a holiday gift to Beacon Hill has really been a three-year community advocacy effort. We’re grateful to Seattle’s City Council, King County, our generous donors, and Beacon Arts for partnering with us to return the Garden House to community use and to Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board for designating it as a landmark,” Kelly added.
Said Betty Jean Williamson, president of Beacon Arts, “In 2018, the Beacon Hill Community rallied around our cry of ‘Save the Garden House!’ We successfully campaigned for Garden House and its grounds to be designated a City of Seattle Landmark. This held back development and bought time for Historic Seattle to make another attempt to purchase the property. With the news of this successful purchase, we know that Garden House will return to being our beloved Beacon Hill community hub with stronger, more inclusive, and more accessible programs for all our neighbors.”
Black Lives Matters to Beacon Arts
Beacon Arts supports Black Lives Matter and those protesting police violence against people of color. Their calls for justice are reverberating around the world! Here are a list of some (by no means complete) of the organizations who are using creativity as a force for social justice. Beacon Arts invites you to learn more about them.
COVID-19 Artist Resources
We will keep adding resources as we find them, feel free to email us if you have a resource you would like to share. Sorry for any duplicate/outdated information, just sharing as we find them. Now more than ever, we need to support the music, dance and arts in our community.
Small Business Stabilization Fund - closes 11/9