Boutique in style and space, 325 has only twelve loft homes complete with hand-selected finishes and details that speak to the modern loft connoisseur. The design – by celebrated Seattle architecture firm, Graham Baba – marries a historic brick storefront with a modern steel and glass tower. A rooftop garden with views of South Lake Union top it off. The new MadArt space, a contemporary art studio, brings groundbreaking work from emerging artists to your doorstep.
Since 2009, MadArt has served as a catalyst for new and unexpected artworks in Seattle by providing opportunities for large-scale installations, such as The Window Art Project, MadArt in the Park and Mad Homes. Through these exhibits, MadArt provides emerging artists an avenue to the public, and the public access to art. MadArt’s mission is to support emerging artists in our community, to bring art into our lives in unexpected ways, and to create community involvement in the arts. (www.madartseattle.com)
The original brick storefront at the base of the Lofts at 325 was built in 1927 for the Green Nash car dealership. Every car that rolled off the gleaming terrazzo floor was “Green Back” guaranteed. By 1937, the building had become a State Police barracks, where many of the first Washington driver’s tests were performed. Thousands of local drivers were put through their paces on the Reactometer, a primitive driving simulator that tested brake reaction times. In 1949, it was sold again to the Hurst Flooring Company. Advertising Services Inc. took over the building in the early 1980s, printing packaging for local businesses including early Microsoft Windows software. Now, nearly a century later, this historic building has once again been re-imagined. This time as a hub for art innovation and the pinnacle of loft living.