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Scheurman Building

The Good Arts Building is a gem at the corner of First Avenue and Cherry Street at the north gateway to Seattle’s Pioneer Square District. Historically known as the Scheuerman Block, it was designed by Elmer Fisher in 1889 for Christian Scheuerman and completed in 1890. Over the years, the building has been a hub of entrepreneurial, creative, and colorful endeavors. It has been the home to department stores, a two-story diner (“Good Eats”, from which our name derives), a cigar store, a jazz club, a boxing gym, brothels, speakeasies, and the original office of Washington Mutual Savings Bank.

In the nineteen-seventies the basement housed the first gay and lesbian community center in Seattle, followed by the Skid Road Theatre, in which such local theatrical stalwarts as Kurt Beattie, R. Hamilton Wright, and Linda Hartzell produced original shows during the theatre’s ten successful years.

In 2011, a dozen artists who had been evicted from the nearby 619 Western Building established ’57 Biscayne studios on the second floor.

In 2015, Good Arts LLC purchased the building with the mission of preserving its artistic heritage and affordability to creative enterprises.

Currently, the artist-run underground tour Beneath the Streets is headquartered in the building’s basement. In our first two years, we hosted pop-up galleries for the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA),  Seattle Art Fair, and LaSala Latino/a Artists’ Network, and independent artists from around the world; and a venue for the Upstream Music Festival.

Good Arts Partner Cherry Street Coffee House completed renovations on its brand-new anchor location at the corner of First and Cherry this summer, adding evening hours, wine, beer,  art, and music. The Good Arts Arcade opened shortly thereafter, just up Cherry Street, welcoming retail tenants Amused Productions and H. Bailey menswear and artists Gina Grey and Ieva Anseberger, continuing the building’s tradition of housing music, haberdasheries, and art.

An expansion of ’57 Biscayne artist studios is in the works for the third floor. Stay tuned.