What was once a 1927 ice warehouse has been transformed into a display of Seattle’s finest local talents in architecture, lighting, metal and glass. Nestled in the heart of Belltown, Block 41 is the city’s newest private venue, featuring two stories of event space, three indoor spaces and an outdoor courtyard.
“In size, sophistication, convenience and space options, Block 41 is a state-ofthe art facility purposefully designed to be an event space,” says Lisa Hoonan, general manager.
Both Hoonan and Dan Temkin, owner and developer of Block 41, believe there’s no venue quite like it in downtown Seattle. “I knew we had a special opportunity the moment I walked in the door,” says Temkin. “We have big, open spaces, exposed brick and massive Douglas fir beams that would be impossible to replicate today. We have a great design that honors the history, while also providing the best in modern building and event technology.”
Jim Graham of Graham Baba Architects led Block 41’s design, adding a fresh touch while also maintaining the building’s history. “The character of the building, the age of the building, the rawness of the building are all assets for an event venue,” says Graham. “We have stripped the building back and applied design elements in a conscious but judicious way so the building becomes an ideal envelope for events.”
The three indoor spaces include the Bert & Tot Ballroom, the Musings Gallery and the Ewing Theater. With its upper level seating at about 350 and downstairs serving as a prefunction space, the entire venue is approximately 13,000 square feet, accommodating up to 800 guests. The courtyard, complete with a loading dock, deck and living green wall, also provides an outdoor element for warmer days and larger groups.
“I see wonderful parties, weddings [and] fundraisers happening here, as well as educational lectures and music performances,” says Graham. “It’s the perfect backdrop for any event.”