Connecting with Community History

Liberty Bank Building

Seattle, WA

Celebrating Neighborhood Culture

Located on the site of the former Liberty Bank, the first bank west of the Mississippi River dedicated to serving the African American community, this project honors a rich history and cultural significance. Community recommendations were essential to the project design, which incorporates salvaged elements from the original bank, exterior colors and patterns inspired by Afrocentric design, and work by local artists.

Affordable for Families

The project provides an attractive and affordable home for families earning between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income. To encourage community connections, the design features a welcoming entry courtyard flanked by lounge and workshop spaces, as well as a rooftop terrace with entertaining and children’s play areas. 

Advancing Healthy Living

A HomeFree demonstration project, Liberty Bank Building features materials that provide a healthier indoor environment for residents. Corridors are filled with daylight, and amenities like bike storage and container gardens support healthy lifestyles.

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