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November 6, 2017
Seattle-based architecture firm Signal Architecture and Research is designing a new arts and education center at Fort Worden in Port Townsend.
The former military fort is now a national historic landmark that has a 90-acre campus with 73 historic structures.
The new arts and education center, called Makers Square, will be at the western edge of the campus. It will comprise nine underused historic structures, which will be renovated for arts, educational and cultural programming.
The first phase will involve renovating three of the buildings at a cost of $13 million.
Building 305, the quartermaster's storehouse, was the first structure on the fort, and served as the headquarters for construction until 1953, when the fort was decommissioned.
The building will be renovated to house classrooms and studios. It will have a daylit interior, a new canopy and a bleacher-type loading dock.
Buildings 308 and 324 will be upgraded to house public artist studios that support Makers Square programming, artist residencies and the community.
Construction will start mid-2018 and is expected to be complete in summer 2019.