Structure Type: built works - social and civic buildings - cultural centers

Designers: Lease Crutcher Lewis, Building Contractors (firm); Naramore, Bain, Brady, and Johanson, (NBBJ) (firm); Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Project Management Consultancy (firm); William James Bain Jr. (architect); William James Bain Sr. (architect); Clifton J. Brady (architect); James Crutcher (building contractor); Perry Bertil Johanson (architect); Howard S. Lease (building contractor); William Lewis (building contractor); Floyd Archibald Naramore (architect); Matthew Somerton (architect)

Dates: constructed 2017-2018

4 stories, total floor area: 105,000 sq. ft.

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363 Mercer Street
Seattle Center, Seattle, WA 98109

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This new facility housing the Seattle Opera replaced the Seattle Civic Ice Arena, that had occupied the site between 1927 and 2017. The new building provided the highly-regarded Opera company enhanced space to store and stage new productions. It was located next to McCaw Hall, the Seattle Opera's performance space, enabling seamless construction and transportation of sets and costumes to and from both faciiities.

Building History

This $60 million multi-purpose building erected to house the Seattle Opera in 2017-2018, opened officially to the public on 12/15/2018. It contained four floors and a little over 100,000 square feet housing administrative offices, scene shops, rehearsal rooms, storerooms and interactive displays for the public. The building reflected the larger trend for cultural arts facilities, such as museums, to be more transparent and open to the public, in this case, enabling visitors to see how operatic productions were staged, costumed and rehearsed.

PCAD id: 22751