Sale of Property at 1000 Virginia Announced

SEATTLE—Cornish College of the Arts Acting President Star Hang Nga Rush announced today the College will sell its property at 1000 Virginia Street to Holland Partner Group.  The building is currently being used as Art Department facilities such as senior studios and galleries.​  In arriving at its decision, the Cornish College Board of Trustees considered factors integral to the College’s short- and long-term planning, including the future size of the campus footprint, campus consolidation, and future capacity, among others.

As previously announced in October 2017, the Board of Trustees approved the sale of a College-owned parking lot to Holland. This property, combined with lots purchased from Bellwether Housing and Recovery Café, is being developed into a 426-unit mixed-use building on the corner of Boren and Lenora.

The sale of both properties represents a tremendous opportunity for the College to leverage its assets in ways that will strengthen Cornish’s position as a premier independent visual and performing arts college and deliver on its mission to educate the next generation of artists-citizens-innovators, said Rush. Among the possibilities being explored are the addition of a street level multi-use art gallery and a multi-use performance auditorium in the Boren and Lenora property.  The College may use part of the proceeds to develop other properties that it owns or operates in the neighborhood.

“We are very excited to be working with Holland on these developments,” said Rush. “They have been great champions of our students, offering them many opportunities through our Creative Corridor arts elective classes to design site-specific artworks at other Holland projects.”

Cornish College of the Arts moved into the South Lake Union neighborhood in the early 2000s and currently occupies seven buildings there,  including the high-rise residence hall Cornish Commons which opened in 2015 at the corner of Terry Avenue and Lenora Street.  Cornish owns and operates Kerry Hall, built by its founder Nellie Cornish in 1921 as an integrated arts building on Capitol Hill. The College also operates the Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center, the Alhadeff Studio, and an nearby scene shop in the lower Queen Anne neighborhood. More information about the college’s properties can be found at