115 Prefontaine Pl S
Seattle, WA 98104
Located in the heart of Pioneer Square, the renovation of this building included an addition of 50 live/work units for artists and was designated as an all arts building. We added three stories to the top of the Kaplan Building and renovated the Tashiro Building to create a single structure, the Tashiro Kaplan Building. The new building offers 15 independent galleries, a coffee shop, several studios and close to 130,000 square feet of light-filled artist loft space.
Large steel brace frames weighing more than 3,200 pounds each were installed to support the three new floors of loft space. Historical stucco beams and columns were preserved to comply with strict design requirements of the Pioneer Square Historic Preservation Board.
Original wood storefronts were replicated and restored to retain the areas needed for galleries and arts-related businesses. The storefronts were modernized with concrete curb, double-pane glazing, an accessible entry and waterproofing. The original 8-by-8-foot wood pivot windows had to be replicated and outfitted with double-pane glass. To handle the added weight of the new glass, historical bronze pivot window hardware from the East Coast was installed.