Edmonds, Washington is a beautiful, peaceful and somewhat eclectic community on the shores of Puget Sound north of Seattle. The city has a unique history as most water front and port cities do. The city was the scene of an exciting event in 1910: the construciton of a brand new high school building. Little did those first students know that some 100 years later their alma mater would be the home to a dynamic and beloved center for the performing arts, namely Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA).
The school, originally constructed with only classrooms, underwent a massive addition during the Depression times, when a WPA funded and manned project added not only a gymnasium but an auditorium as well in 1939. The architecture incorporated was a Late Art Deco style. These additions would eventually benefit the patrons of the 21st Century.
The school eventually became a Jr. High School, back in the days before the name Middle School became vogue. After being closed for several years a Christian College used the facility. In 2000 a civic group bought the building, and a fund raising drive began to renovate the building into a Performing Arts Center. An energetic and generous community provided not only funding but entusiasm as well, which resulted in a grand opening of the new ECA in 2006.
The Auditorium was completely remodeled including comfortabel seating and near perfect acoustic materials, lighting and sound systems. The old admin offices were removed to make way for the modern and inviting lobby. Old classrooms now house dressing rooms and the Green Room. The gymnasium has a modern composite floor however the gym looks like it could come right out the the movie “Hoosiers”.
When in Edmonds, be sure to catch a show, perfromance or other event at the ECA. It is a great historic venue, Here is the website.