Olympia Armory Building: Creative Campus

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Building community through arts and culture

Share your insights and ideas and help shape the growing vision for repurposing the Olympia Armory for use as a Creative Campus.

For three decades community members have advocated for a dedicated arts space in Olympia to support the arts as integral to Olympia’s way of life; encourage community growth through creativity and innovation; use the arts to connect people, ideas, and place; and operate from an equity framework.

In response to this call to action the Parks, Arts and Recreation seeks to leverage the 50,000 sq. ft. Armory facility toward this important work.

Community input has shaped the working vision and will continue to guide the project into the future. Fall 2021 was an opportunity to fill out a community survey, attend an open house and Armory lighting event. March 2022 was a chance to celebrate the official building transfer, see emerging themes and give input on how to prioritize space use.

Visit the space

Visit the Armory on the first Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. from now until August 2022 for a building walkthrough.

ADA accessibility is a priority to us, while we prepare for future accessibility and code improvements, please note the building does not yet have an elevator. Wheelchair and walker access is currently limited to the first floor via Eastside St and basement via Legion Way.

Working concept

The 41,160 square foot Armory building and adjacent 9,700 square foot outbuilding offer key spaces adaptable to a range of uses, including a 10,000 sf multi-use space, commercial kitchen, industrial loading dock and storage, and ample offices readily convertible to classrooms.

The buildings could house community events space, rehearsal rooms, maker’s and tech labs, exhibit space, studios, admin offices, a restaurant or café, an organization incubator, a component of affordable housing, a larger resident organization, even a City department. There is physical capacity and flexibility to shape the program to the community’s needs.

More detailed information can be found in the documents section to the right.

Building community through arts and culture

Share your insights and ideas and help shape the growing vision for repurposing the Olympia Armory for use as a Creative Campus.

For three decades community members have advocated for a dedicated arts space in Olympia to support the arts as integral to Olympia’s way of life; encourage community growth through creativity and innovation; use the arts to connect people, ideas, and place; and operate from an equity framework.

In response to this call to action the Parks, Arts and Recreation seeks to leverage the 50,000 sq. ft. Armory facility toward this important work.

Community input has shaped the working vision and will continue to guide the project into the future. Fall 2021 was an opportunity to fill out a community survey, attend an open house and Armory lighting event. March 2022 was a chance to celebrate the official building transfer, see emerging themes and give input on how to prioritize space use.

Visit the space

Visit the Armory on the first Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. from now until August 2022 for a building walkthrough.

ADA accessibility is a priority to us, while we prepare for future accessibility and code improvements, please note the building does not yet have an elevator. Wheelchair and walker access is currently limited to the first floor via Eastside St and basement via Legion Way.

Working concept

The 41,160 square foot Armory building and adjacent 9,700 square foot outbuilding offer key spaces adaptable to a range of uses, including a 10,000 sf multi-use space, commercial kitchen, industrial loading dock and storage, and ample offices readily convertible to classrooms.

The buildings could house community events space, rehearsal rooms, maker’s and tech labs, exhibit space, studios, admin offices, a restaurant or café, an organization incubator, a component of affordable housing, a larger resident organization, even a City department. There is physical capacity and flexibility to shape the program to the community’s needs.

More detailed information can be found in the documents section to the right.

  • Armory Housewarming

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    The March 19 Housewarming celebrated the official transfer of the Armory building to the City. It was an event filled with performances and a chance for attendees to see emerging themes in the ongoing visioning process and share input on how to prioritize these ideas. Over 517 people attended.

  • Armory Open House

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    The October 2 Open House was a chance so community members could walk through the Armory building, get some inspiration, and share hopes and dreams on what they’d like the space to become.

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  • Armory Lighting Event

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    At dusk following the October 2 community open house the Armory building was illuminated for the evening in a spectrum of colors.

    The lighting event was an opportunity to celebrate and inspire new creative uses of the space. Big thanks to Pacific Stage and Dave Sederberg for support with the installation.

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  • Team Selected to Support Visioning Process

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    The City selected Framework Cultural Placemaking to lead a multi-disciplinary consulting team to help us identify partnerships, develop a business plan, and create a concept design for the Armory as a Creative Campus.

  • Armory Offered to City for use as a Creative Campus

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    Governor Inslee approved the 2021 Washington State Capital Budget, which directed the Military Department to transfer the Olympia Armory at no cost to the City of Olympia, "for use as a community asset dedicated to using the arts to support community development, arts education, and economic development initiatives.” 

Page last updated: 13 May 2022, 10:26 AM