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Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts/Tashiro Arts Building

A Neighborhood of Artists

115 Prefontaine Place S., /101 Prefontaine Place S., Seattle, WA, 98104

Commercial Exterior






Historic Photo

Tashiro Kaplan - 5 Year Anniversary - Open House (PART 2 of 2)

TK Open House part 2

Tashiro Kaplan - 5 Year Anniversary - Open House (PART 1 of 2)

TK Open House part 1



Seattle’s Pioneer Square Historic District has long been a neighborhood of artists. In the 1990s, market forces began driving artists out of the area at an alarming rate. Hoping to preserve Pioneer Square’s status as an arts district, the Pioneer Square Community Development Organization invited Artspace to transform two turn-of- the-century buildings, the Tashiro and the Kaplan, into facilities for artists.

The mostly residential Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts created 50 affordable live/work apartments, each with 800 to 1,800 square feet, plentiful light and flexible floor plans to accommodate artists of many disciplines.

The Tashiro Arts Building houses 28 commercial arts-related entities, including 4Culture, a public development authority of Seattle; individual artist working studios; artist exhibit co-ops and some of the most prestigious commercial galleries in Seattle. A thriving coffee shop is located on the ground floor.

Together they have created close to 130,000 square feet of permanently affordable space for the arts, and by preserving these two historic buildings for artists and arts-friendly organizations they have helped maintain Pioneer Square’s distinctive character. Tashiro Kaplan is now at the heart of Seattle’s legendary First Thursday Art Walk, drawing thousands of visitors to Pioneer Square each month. 

Development Cost

$16.5 million


Stickney Murphy Romine Architects

Development Partner

Pioneer Square Community Association

Learn More
TK Overview (pdf, 98 KB)
Our Thanks to...


City of Seattle Office of Housing
Glaser Financial Group, Inc.
Impact Capital
Paramount Financial Group, Inc.
RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc.
U.S. Bancorp
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Washington State Housing Finance Commission
Washington State Housing Trust Fund


The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Building for the Arts
Raynier Institute & Foundation
Seattle Foundation
South Downtown Foundation
U.S. Bancorp Foundation
Washington Mutual Foundation