Artspace Hiawatha Lofts

Encore in the Emerald City

843 Hiawatha Place South Seattle, WA, 98144


The resounding success of the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts whetted Seattle’s appetite for a second Artspace live/work project. The result was the Artspace Hiawatha Lofts, a 61-unit building in the Jackson Place neighborhood on the southern fringe of downtown Seattle and just a block from the light rail line. Built at a cost of $17.1 million, the Hiawatha is a four-story building with an expansive exterior courtyard and a large community room that accommodates a variety of uses, including performances and lectures/demonstrations by Hiawatha tenants.


Designed to recall the industrial buildings that formerly dominated the northern end of the Rainier Valley, it has large windows, high ceilings, and durable surfaces that accommodate a wide variety of creative uses. It has 4,975 square feet of ground floor commercial space facing Hiawatha Place; among the tenants are Artspace’s Seattle office, Cafe Weekend, and My World Dance & Fitness. The Hiawatha meets the Seattle Office of Housing’s SeaGreen Standards — equivalent to LEED certification — for energy efficiency. 


Located a block from the proposed east link light rail line scheduled for completion in 2020, and a short walk from Seattle’s lively International District, the Hiawatha is a welcome addition to a neighborhood with many cultural assets, including the Pratt Fine Arts Center, home to glass-blowers, sculptors, jewelers, and printmakers; the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center; and the Japanese Cultural and Community Center. 


Architect: SMR Architects

Contractor: MarPac Construction

Funders: 4Culture; Building for the Arts; The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation; The Seattle Foundation; U.S. Bancorp Foundation; Washington Mutual Foundation

Financial Partners: City of Seattle Office of Housing; 2002 Housing Levy; Impact Capital National Equity Fund; U.S. Bancorp; Washington State CTED Housing Trust Fund; and the Washington State Housing Finance Commission

est. 2008

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Live/Work Artist Housing

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Rooftop deck and large community room