Tapestry / Central District

Location: Seattle WA

Client: Lorem Ipsum

Area: Lorem Ipsum

Cost: Lorem Ipsum

Completion: Lorem Ipsum

Project Details

Located in an area of rapid gentrification and displacement of the historic African American community, this project required extensive public outreach community meetings. The initial engagement unearthed a community feeling of concern that their presence was being erased, leading the project team to seek a way to integrate the vibrate history of the neighborhood. An integrated art plan was created, including site works into the paving and landscape benches, exterior art galleries, a five-story mural, metal moveable screens, interior sculpture, paintings and a quilt by the Seattle African American Quilt Society to ensure a cultural presence in perpetuity.

Tapestry is a multifamily apartment building with ground-floor retail spaces for local businesses, located at the gateway to Seattle’s Central District neighborhood. The Seattle Curtain Building previously on the site was a multi-generational family business that predominantly hired Asian and African American seamstresses. Fabric from this business was donated to the Seattle African American Quilting Society, who are creating a quilt for Tapestry’s main lobby. Heavy timbers were also salvaged from the building and are being re-purposed for exterior landscape benches. Artists Marita Dingus and Lisa Myers Bulmash salvaged items from Seattle Curtain for their respective sculpture pieces.

Designed as a “Cultural Placemaker”; an anchor that stimulates activity, creates visual interest and enhances the neighborhood identity, this project celebrates the multicultural story by creating a streetscape of meaningful and inspiring cultural placemakers.

Link to documentary of the artists: https://vimeo.com/728152485


Recent Press