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Taproot releases rendering of proposal to replace building burned by arson

Taproot Theatre just released a rendering of the building it proposes to build in the place of the Eleanor Roosevelt Building, which was destroyed last year by an arsonist.

Rendering by the Miller Hull Partnership.
The new building along North 85th Street would have a cafe, a second performance and rehearsal space, new scene shop and offices.

Honoring the neighborhood’s distinct historic style, the proposed design complements the building’s surroundings while incorporating some modern touches. The 12,000 square foot building will be engineered and constructed by Pacific Modular, using LEED certification guidelines and state-of-the-art techniques. The proposed design goes to the Northwest Design Review Board on December 13 at 6:30 p.m. If all goes according to schedule, the new building could be built and open for business in less than one year.
Taproot Theatre Company purchased the ERB in 2000 with plans to expand. The initial expansion plans hovered in the range of $20 million, so the theatre maintained a long-term vision for the future while leasing the building to several small businesses. However, the arson on October 23, 2009, changed everything. In the months that followed, Taproot conceived a $3.2 million project that would both advance the theatre’s future and accommodate the abbreviated timeline, providing a timely restoration to the neighborhood.