Location: 7th & Union, Downtown Seattle
Size: 60,000 SF commercial
Completion: 1996
Client: A Contemporary Theatre (ACT)
Cost: $35 million

This project converted the historic Fraternal Order of Eagles Building into a state-of-the-art performance space for A Contemporary Theatre (ACT), one of Seattle’s leading professional, non-profit theater companies.

Abandoned for 20 years, the renovation of this building signaled the beginning of a renaissance in the Pike/Pine area of downtown Seattle. The space now contains three theaters, administrative offices, rehearsal spaces, scene and costume shops. In addition, the top floor offers low-income housing units.

Maria Barrientos worked with historic preservation officials at the city, state, and national levels while also providing project management services during the programming and construction phases. She coordinated the complex mix of public and private funds, as well as managed private placement of low income and historic tax credits monitored by the State Housing Finance Commission.

This project exemplifies the vitality of a successful mixed-use project, while turning a vacant building into a thriving cultural center.

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