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Cornish College of the Arts lists historic campus building in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood for sale

SEATTLE, WACornish College of the Arts, the Pacific Northwest’s premier performing and visual arts college, has listed the historic Kerry Hall building for sale. The building, located at 710 E. Roy St., in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, was built in 1921 and was the home of Nellie Cornish, the college’s founder. It was the original building where the college was formed more than 100 years ago and has been continually occupied by the college since then.

“This is an exciting moment for Cornish College of the Arts,” said Emily Parkhurst, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “The decision to sell Kerry Hall completes the Board’s plan to unify the campus in South Lake Union, first outlined in 2007.”

The college has transitioned most of its instruction to the Main Campus Center and other buildings in the Denny Way and Boren Avenue area of South Lake Union and invested heavily in building modern instructional spaces in the neighborhood. In 2019, Cornish sold its parking lot at 2010 Terry Ave. to Holland Partner Group, which built the Ivey on Boren residential tower. That building now houses the state-of-the-art Raisbeck Auditorium, featuring the Constellation acoustic system by Meyer Sound and the Behnke Family Gallery.

“The sale of Kerry Hall will bring dance and music classes to our main campus, allowing students to better utilize the cross-disciplinary opportunities that make a Cornish education unique,” said Cornish College of the Arts President Raymond Tymas-Jones. “It also immerses developing artists in the heart of Seattle’s technology scene, where creativity meets innovation.”

Proceeds from the sale will be reinvested into Cornish’s existing facilities and operations, allowing the college to continue to grow. Enrollment is expected to exceed 530 students in the 2024/2025 school year.

Kerry Hall is a 31,900-square-foot building that Cornish has continuously occupied since its construction. Nestled in the Harvard Belmont Landmark District, it exudes a timeless architectural appeal with its white façade and classical design elements. Inside, it houses classrooms, studios, rehearsal spaces, and a large performance venue. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and is zoned LOWRISE3 (LR3). CBRE Senior Vice President Steven Brunette is managing the listing.

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