SLU: Extreme Makeover

Next week brings not only the first day of autumn but also the Second Annual Seattle Design Festival in South Lake Union. On the calendar you will find a whole host of design-related events and below you will find descriptions of two tours I will be taking.

South Lake Union: Extreme Makeover
Walking tour (9/20 10 am — noon)

Witness the profound effect that money, green construction, adaptive reuse and streetcars can bring to a community.

This will be a “special edition” of the South Lake Union: Extreme Makeover tour that will include a brief preview (and a peek through the front doors) of the renovation of the Naval Reserve Armory Building into the new Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), which will open to the public in late December. Sam M. Miller AIA, LMN Architects, will describe the origins of the project, the history of the armory building, and the design approach to the museum.

Tour begins in the new South Lake Union Park, in front of the Naval Reserve Building, and lasts approximately two hours. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended; spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All tours are conducted rain or shine. Tour participants are responsible for their own personal safety. Most routes involve hills, stairs, escalators, and elevators. This tour is not recommended for children under age 12.

The Museum of History & Industry, one of the most widely used regional history resources in Washington State, is moving into the historic Naval Reserve Armory Building at South Lake Union. Among the Museum’s diverse holdings are an extensive collection of historic photographs, a large costume collection, and a far-ranging collection of objects representing life in the Northwest. The architectural design is exploring the adaptive reuse of the facility as well as changes to structural, mechanical, electrical, lighting and vertical transportation systems that are required to house the Museum’s exhibits and education programs. The program also includes a small cafe and retail shop.

Thursday, September 20
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
South Lake Union Park, in front of the Naval Reserve Building

860 Terry Ave.
N. Seattle, WA

Tickets: $15 in advance / $25 day of tour
Brown Paper Tickets

Event by:
Seattle Architecture Foundation

DETOUR: Cascade to South Lake Union (9/22 3-7 pm)

DETOUR: Cascade to South Lake Union is a mapping project of two overlapping neighborhoods. Our venues for the 2012 Seattle Design Festival have a storied history. We’re telling it here in first-person interviews with people who have lived and worked in the neighborhood. Find out about the residents who have made the Cascade neighborhood their home for decades. Listen to stories of the experimental arts spaces that cropped up in the early 2000s. Hear more about the longstanding history of low-income housing, homelessness and community planning that predates the recent development of South Lake Union. Featuring Candi Wilvang, Malaika Lafferty, Jenifer Ward, Matthew Richter, Greg Lundgren and others.

To activate the cell phone tour on all phones:

Call 206.686.8566

Hit the audio stop number (e.g., 1) and the # key to listen to each of the 20 audio clips in the DETOUR: Cascade to South Lake Union tour. A printed guide for DETOUR will be available at the Info Kiosk in the Design Block at the Festival, along with information about the September 22 event.

Note: A smart phone tour will also be available with photos of Cascade and South Lake Union residents and landmarks.

On Saturday September 22, check out special programming including a walking tour with community members, silk screening, free popsicles inspired by Cascadia courtesy of and more.

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Cell phone tour September 20 – 23; live walking tour September 22, 3-7 p.m.

Y @ Cascade People’s Center

309 Pontius Ave N Seattle, WA

Tickets: FREE. Donations welcome (suggested donation of $5)

Event by:
Local artists: C. Davida Ingram, Lara Davis, Laura O’Quin, Neda Dokic, Robb Kunz, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Zac Buschmole.

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