Take a Tour of the New Hugo House

Posted Mon, 1/22/2018 - 11:57am by  |  Category:

Set to open summer 2018 on the corner of 11th Avenue and E Olive, the new Hugo House will have ample room for us to continue to dream and grow.

More space to serve more readers and writers

Six classrooms give us room to significantly expand our course offerings for both adults and youth. We’ll be able to offer 40 percent more adult writing classes and serve 60 percent more youth writers. Each classroom will be freestanding—like little houses within the House—with frosted glass panels that let in light but still allow for privacy and concentration.

More community space

The new Hugo House will be a place where you can come any night of the week to hear readers, hang out, have a drink, and exchange ideas. Work on revisions in the front salon that features warm wood built-ins, plenty of seating, and a view onto Cal Anderson Park. A small stage on the south side provides space for smaller, more intimate readings.

Welcome to the new Hugo House bar! Floorboards from the old house—many of which still bear the messages you wrote at the pre-demolition party—will be used to build the counter. The bar will be open during events and classes and we’re already envisioning new programming around the front salon space. Hugo House Happy Hour, anyone?

Last week, Hugo House was awarded a Building for the Arts grant from the Washington State Legislature, putting us 90% of the way to our project goal of $7.1 million. Now, we need everyone in the community to give as generously as they possibly can to help us complete our new home.

Help Hugo House build an enduring home for words. Visit newhugohouse.org to learn more.