Hugo House celebrates its 25th anniversary!


Happy New Year from all of us at Hugo House!

As we turn the page on another year of growth and learning, we are excited to celebrate a very special milestone with you—Hugo House’s 25th anniversary!

Throughout 2022, we will be looking back on the past decades of artists, teachers, classes, events, camaraderie, and so much more that have helped to shape Hugo House from an ambitious idea—that anyone from any background can be a writer—into a thriving reality. This is also a time for Hugo House to look toward the future, to consider how we hold space for all to tell their own stories, and how we hope to evolve to better meet our community’s needs for the next 25 years and beyond.

On February 24th, we’ll kick off the anniversary celebrations with a free screening of Where the House Was, a film that follows the tear-down of the old Hugo House building and documents the erasure of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and neighborhoods like it around the country.

Throughout the year, we’ll be highlighting important dates in Hugo House’s history, little-known trivia about the House, and stories from our community. If you have any memories, photos, or anecdotes you’d like to share, please send them to

And in September, we will open the doors of our beautiful space for a free community celebration. There will be plenty of drinks, friends, readings, togetherness, and more! Stay tuned for more information to come.

Over the past 25 years, each and every one of you—as students, donors, teaching and performing artists, or just as lovers of the written word—has helped build Hugo House into this cornerstone of literary expression we’re fortunate enough to call home. Thank you for all that you’ve brought, and all you continue to bring! We look forward to sharing this special year with you.

Warm wishes,

Rob Arnold
Interim Executive Director