Seattle’s Pioneer Square Historic District has long been a neighborhood of artists. In the 1990s, market forces began driving artists out of the area at an alarming rate. Hoping to preserve Pioneer Square’s status as an arts district, the Pioneer Square Community Development Organization invited Artspace to transform two turn-of- the-century buildings, the Tashiro and the Kaplan, into facilities for artists.
The mostly residential Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts created 50 affordable live/work apartments, each with 800 to 1,800 square feet, plentiful light and flexible floor plans to accommodate artists of many disciplines.
The Tashiro Arts Building houses 28 commercial arts-related entities, including 4Culture, a public development authority of Seattle; individual artist working studios; artist exhibit co-ops and some of the most prestigious commercial galleries in Seattle. A thriving coffee shop is located on the ground floor.
Together they have created close to 130,000 square feet of permanently affordable space for the arts, and by preserving these two historic buildings for artists and arts-friendly organizations they have helped maintain Pioneer Square’s distinctive character. Tashiro Kaplan is now at the heart of Seattle’s legendary First Thursday Art Walk, drawing thousands of visitors to Pioneer Square each month.
Stickney Murphy Romine Architects
Pioneer Square Community Association
City of Seattle Office of HousingGlaser Financial Group, Inc.Impact CapitalParamount Financial Group, Inc.RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc.U.S. BancorpU.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentWashington State Housing Finance CommissionWashington State Housing Trust Fund
4CultureThe Paul G. Allen Family FoundationBuilding for the ArtsRaynier Institute & FoundationSeattle FoundationSouth Downtown FoundationU.S. Bancorp FoundationWashington Mutual Foundation
“The TK filled the first floor with active businesses and sidewalk life.” — Nora Liu, City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development
The TK is home to 50 artists and their families, plus two dozen or more commercial arts related organizations and venues. Opportunities for networking, exposure, and making long lasting connections with other artists and art professionals abound here, as well as a welcoming spirit.
The Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts provides 50-units of affordable housing for artists and their families, conveniently located in the heart of Pioneer Square. Spacious one, two and three bedroom live/work units range from 800 – 1,863 square feet.
Open floor plans with high ceilings and durable surfaces
Large community room and on-site laundry facilities
Interior courtyard for the use of our residents
Underground parking available with elevator access
Located near Seattle’s bus tunnel, train station and ferry system
4 blocks from full service grocery store
The Tashiro Kaplan building offers storefront commercial space as well as 2 areas of work-only studios for artists located at 306 and 312 S. Washington St. To be placed on the waiting list for a work-only studio, please sign up on the TK website.
For information about commercial space or work-only studios contact TK Commercial Manager, Paul D. McKee - 206.223.8505
Most TK Studio tenants take advantage of the high foot traffic on First Thursday artwalks, gaining significant exposure for their work, and sales. These studio spaces are perfect for serious artists, as well as for arts related groups, or independent galleries and co-ops.
Bathrooms with utility sinks
Access to refrigerator and coffee machine
Use of the building’s 110 person capacity community room
TK is an income restricted project. To qualify for housing your income must be below the following categories. Half the units are for artists earning less than 50% of area median income and half are for artists earning less than 60% of area median income.
Anyone may apply for residency in our project and we will accept applications from anyone. Tashiro Kaplan and Artspace Projects are committed to attracting creative individuals and families from diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in individuals who are committed to building a community and will give some of their time and energy toward this goal.
In order to be considered for a potential vacancy you must sign up for the Interest List on the TK website.
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