Seattle Asian Art Museum Seattle, Washington
The Seattle Asian Art Museum was constructed in 1933 in the Olmsted Brothers-designed Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill. Designed by renowned local architect Carl F. Gould, the Art Moderne museum is considered one of his best designs, and was one of the earliest, purpose-built museums in the modern era. The building served as the City’s preeminent cultural center until 1986 when a new, larger museum was constructed downtown. At that time, the mission of the older building turned its focus to collection care and Asian art.
BOLA consulted with the property owner on financial incentives for historic preservation, prepared the National Register nomination for the property, and undertook design reviews with the prime architect, LMN, and landscape architect, Walker Macy. In 2017, BOLA prepared a successful Historic Preservation Certification Application (HPCA), which will provide $8M in tax credit financing for the museum’s expansion and upgrade.