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New Arts & Culture Center in Auburn's Downtown!

In August 2016 the sale of the Old Post Office/Public Health Building from King County to the City of Auburn will be finalized, and the work to transform this historic landmark into an active space for Arts and Culture will begin.  

Plans are being made to transform the interior spaces from the prior use as the King County Public Health Building into spaces for creativity, including classrooms, studios, rehearsal spaces, and display areas.

We need your ideas, feedback and participation as part of this important new project!

The new Arts and Culture Center, adjacent to the Auburn Avenue Theater will become a hub of activity for the downtown area and serve Auburn and the South Sound with unique access to quality arts opportunities.

Responses from the community are being collected through an online surveylinks to external site.  You are invited to share your ideas, vision, and thoughts to help make this space spectacular!

Historic Photos:
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Current photos of lobby area:
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Press Releases, News Articles and Additional Information

The building, located at 100 Auburn Avenue, was built in 1937 as a Post Office constructed under the national work relief program sponsored by the Public Works Administration.  The land for the post office was donated by Levi Ballard, an early Auburn citizen and the town's first postmaster in 1886.  In 1964, the building was purchased by the King County Department of Public Health and remodeled for use as a health clinic.  Vacant since 2009, the City has purchased this building from King County with the intent to have this building again be a community asset and become a vibrant Arts and Culture Center. Additional information on the building and history of the building (PDF).

The purchase was made possible in part by the Building for Culture grant program - a joint effort of 4Culture, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and King County Council. Signed into law just in late 2015, this unprecedented $28M fund provides grants to 102 arts, culture, and heritage projects throughout King County. As part of this grant, the City of Auburn will receive $200,000 to go towards to the purchase and renovation of this important building and transform it into an Arts and Culture Center. In addition to this grant, other funding and grant opportunities are being explored to be applied towards the cost of the interior renovation of this building.   

4Culture:
November 28, 2015: Announcing Recipients for Building for Culture Initiativelinks to external site  

Auburn Reporter: 
December 3, 2015: City, Museum Benefit from County Grantslinks to external site
Jan 21, 2016: City to Vote on Purchase of Public Health Buildinglinks to external site
Jan 28, 2016: City Agrees to Buy Public Health Buildinglinks to external site
July 6, 2016: County Agrees to Sell Auburn Health Cliniclinks to external site