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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 5, 2016, 1 p.m.
Hugo House Contact
Kristen Steenbeeke
Marketing Director
Frye Art Museum Contact
Jeffrey Hirsch
Deputy Director, Communications

Nearby Frye Art Museum Will Be New Neighbor 
SEATTLE—Hugo House, Seattle’s preeminent place for writers and readers, today announced its temporary re-location during construction of its new building across from Cal Anderson Park.
Beginning in mid-2016, Hugo House’s public programs and offices will be based in a building owned by, and adjacent to, the Frye Art Museum at Boren Avenue and Columbia Street on First Hill.
“We love the Frye and are delighted to become partners in the Museum’s ongoing plan to build a cultural and intellectual anchor on First Hill,” said Hugo House Executive Director Tree Swenson. “Hugo House at the Frye keeps us close to Capitol Hill, which is central for our students, teachers, and so many people who attend our events. Visitors to our temporary home on First Hill will be pleased to find the same coziness and writerly atmosphere they’ve loved for years at the old Hugo House.”
Hugo House will operate a full schedule of readings, classes, book launches, workshops, teen programs, and more at the Frye while its new building is being constructed. Among the top literary centers in the US, Hugo House will continue to offer more than seventy classes per quarter in the Frye’s building, which was previously a multiple-occupant residence built by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and leased in recent years from the Frye.
Events will take place in Hugo House’s temporary home and in the Frye’s auditorium. Elliott Bay Book Company and the Sorrento Hotel will be additional event venues along the Capitol Hill-First Hill corridor during 2016–17.
“We welcome Hugo House, its staff, Tree Swenson, and everyone in our community who cares about great writing,” said Frye Art Museum Director Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker. “We were delighted by the audience response for readings in the Literary Festival that was part of our current exhibition, Genius / 21 Century / Seattle. Now we’ll have the popular, continuing programs of Hugo House here on our campus, featuring exceptional Seattle writers and many visiting authors, too.”  
Hugo House will launch several new programs during its stay on First Hill, including manuscript consultations and writing-group matchmaking. “We’ll be very active during the transition,” said Swenson. “In fact, we see this as an opportunity to expand our programs for writers and readers.”
By 2018, the nonprofit Hugo House will return to its original site and occupy a ground-floor space in a new six-story, mixed-use building that will provide space for Hugo House classrooms, offices, performance spaces, studios for writers, and room to grow for the future.
The Frye Art Museum supports and presents the work of contemporary artists from Seattle and around the globe as well as historical exhibitions celebrating the enduring values of its Founding Collection. Admission to the Frye is always free. For more information, visit
A place for writers and readers, with a concentrated focus on helping anyone who wants to write, Hugo House offers readings, classes, book launches, workshops, teen programs, consultations with professional writers, and much more. For more information, visit
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1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

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