VISIONAN ENDURING HOME FOR WORDS
IN A GREAT CITY, WORDS DESERVE AN EXCEPTIONAL HOME, a particular place where they are revered, nurtured, wrestled with, and brought to life.
For twenty years, Hugo House has been that place in Seattle. Now, we have a singular opportunity to secure a new—and permanent—home on the very site where we first opened our doors almost two decades ago.
Designed specifically to better serve readers and writers, our new home will enable Hugo House to foster a deep and sustaining love for literature and the practice of writing in Seattle for decades to come.
MORE SPACE TO SERVE MORE WRITERS AND READERS
A dedicated performance space
Hear emerging writers and established literary stars in our new auditorium. High-quality lighting, sound, and projections will make words come alive—turning readings into events. The auditorium will also be available for like-minded community organizations.
Hugo House and other organizations worked with the City of Seattle to create the Capitol Hill Arts District to preserve the neighborhood’s history and foster its future vitality.
MORE SPACE TO LEARN
Six classrooms will allow us to offer 40 percent more adult classes throughout the year, and room to serve 60 percent more young people through our Scribes summer camp sessions.
The Broadway light rail station, streetcar, and numerous bus lines are just blocks away. Best of all, the new building will meet ADA standards so everyone can take part, regardless of mobility.
More community space
A front salon will provide a flexible spot to gather and write, with built-in desks, space for smaller readings, and artifacts from our old house incorporated into a bar that will be open during events.
More opportunity to grow
Our new home will have ample room for us to continue to dream and grow. We’re already envisioning new programs that will take advantage of the space, including a literary conference, more one-on-one manuscript consultations, and more.
LOCATIONTHE HEART OF OUR LITERARY CITY
HUGO HOUSE PLAYS AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN OUR CITY’S SOCIAL FABRIC.
We are the lively hub for authors, readers, teachers, publishers, booksellers, and more. It’s critical that Seattle has Hugo House—and equally critical that Hugo House is located on Capitol Hill, the densest arts neighborhood in the state. But Capitol Hill’s creative legacy is under threat, and space for arts organizations is hard to find or too expensive.
We're committed to maintaining Seattle's literary heart in a thriving Capitol Hill. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our founders and early supporters, we have an opportunity to purchase a new and permanent space at significantly below market value—on the same ground where we began, in the center of Capitol Hill.