On September 17th, the doors opened and The Magnolia Apartments welcomed new residents. This all-brick, LEED Certified apartment building brings 50 new, much anticipated, affordable apartment homes to the Eliot Neighborhood.
I am proud to report that WALSH just received an Innovation in Philanthropy award from the Portland Business Journal. This is a very special award, as we received it for the collaborative and passionate way we address philanthropy as an organization, not simply the donations we make.
One of the great historical lessons Portland learned early, and then seemed to forget, is that, in a dark, dreary climate, bright buildings lift the soul. Early century architects such as San Francisco’s Reid & Reid and Portland’s A.E. Doyle proved it with glazed, white terra cotta high-rises like the Yeon Building and Meier & Frank. Pietro Belluschi showed how beautifully aluminum could do the job with the Equitable Building in 1948.
So say a word of thanks to the Powell family and the Pacific Northwest College of Art for ArtHouse, the new student residence hall at NW Park and Couch. Built in collaboration with the development company, Project, and designed by Thomas Robinson of Lever Architecture, it not only reminds us of the lesson, but does it stunningly.
A standing-room crowd of several hundred people packed into the Velocity Dance Center on Thursday afternoon to munch on free pizza and hear Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and others praise the groundbreaking for 12th Avenue Arts, a new multiuse theater and housing project on Capitol Hill.