Hugo House is going to sleep on the Frye's couch for a bit! In June, while the old funeral home that currently houses the House is being demolished, the literary arts org will use the museum's auditorium to host larger events, as well as spaces in Elliot Bay Book Company and the Sorrento. Crew and classes will operate out of the interim space until 2018, when everybody will move into the new building at the old Capitol Hill location on 11th.
Tree Swenson, executive director of Hugo House, says the nonprofit plans to stay busy during the move, and sees the partnership with the Frye as an opportunity to "expand programs for writers and readers."
Though it looks like a midwestern chiropractor's office, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle built the multiple-occupant residence to house friars. Friars!
The inside of the building looks retro and roomy. Hardwood floors here and there, linoleum here and there. There are four non-office rooms that will be used for classes and/or readings as the need arises, two of which are slightly bigger than the others, one one of which has a lot of green carpet.
There will be rooms for writers-in-residence, rooms for writing groups, rooms on rooms! Some of the rooms are pretty small, though, as they used to be bedrooms for the friars.
Oh yeah, and did I mention the backyard? BBQ READINGS.