Daniels Recital Hall

Daniels Recital Hall Currently closed. Seattle's finest Classical Acoustic Concert Hall. Mark Andersen - Artist in Residence Parking available on the surrounding street, in Columbia Tower (South), and the Bank of America building (East).
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Built by the architects of firm Schack and Huntington, the structure is commonly placed into the Beaux arts style of architecture. This is important in that previously churches in the area had been built in what is commonly considered the Gothic style of architecture. This shift is considered to be the result of a progressive change in order to reference the new age of the 20th century. The change is thought to be a representation of a new simpler time as shown with the simple, yet still elegant exterior terracotta reliefs, and the harmonious synchronization of how these pieces become a whole. The Buildings base measures at 114’ by 165’ with a maximum height of 66’ from street level. The form is a centrally planned Bastille like structure modeled after classical churches such as the order of Saints Sergius and Bacchus in Constantinople. The rectangular base rises from the ground with a terracotta vine pattern relief cornice, which has since been removed. The façade is a large beige brick with a light cream colored terracotta trim. All four sides of the base have been extruded to create 4 alcoves. There lie fenestrations on three of the four sides of the base, with original elegant stained glass windows laid into each of the openings. In the final alcove the structure houses a full pipe organ, as well as a stage which was previously used as the churches alter. On top of the base lies a cylinder with stained glass windows that allows light into the interior shaft. Above that is a 64’ in diameter dome that is covered in red terracotta tile paneling. The main room is a large auditorium. This space is 3 stories tall going from the floor to the top of the dome measures 66’ in height. The ground level houses enough seating for 1,224 people. The west alcove is where the alter lies. In the other three are the entrance to the east, and the stairs to the three upper galleries which house an additional 600 seats. The basement houses the footing for the primary columns which extend up 72’ from the base. This below grade basement houses rooms that were previously meant as a classroom, suit for the pastor, a parlor, a banquet hall, a kitchen, and a few small multi-purpose rooms. HISTORY The early history of the structure was that the ground was broken, and the foundation stone laid in 1907. The First Methodist Episcopal church had moved from an older church on 3rd Avenue and Marion Street when the building when it opened in 1908. In 1950 the church had the addition of an education wing added to the South side of the structure. This structure ranged from 2 to 4 stories in height. The addition was to accommodate the large need of the church for a space for community outreach and religious studies. Along with this addition to the education wing, the front entrance was also the tear down and reconstruction on the front stairs on 5th avenue was completed. Due to the new design a scheme, the main entrance is now entered from each side and the back of the main room. This eliminated the original sequence of movement from street to sanctuary, and created a wall along Fifth Avenue. Then in 1984 there was a petition submitted to the National Register of Historic Places to put the site on the list. This motion failed due to the opposition if the church itself needing to gain enough money from the sale to relocate to a more convenient location. The church, city, and preservationists were in a battle until a deal was brought to the table, and agreed upon in 2007. The elaborate cornice of the sanctuary was removed in 1990. This removal of the cornice still affects the appearance of the building today. The city approved plans put up by the Rainier Club for a skyscraper on the site in 2004. The plan met a great deal of resistance from preservationists. The church never reached a deal with the new development, as such the plan was never implemented. In 2007 Daniels Development took over the land, and as the deal stated in 2008 the church education wing on the southern side of the sanctuary was torn down. PRESERVATION For the last 25 years preservation case between the city, the First Methodist Episcopal Church, preservationists, and developers. The first attempt to preserve the church was in 1984. At this time Larry Kreisman presented an application to the national historic registry to have the sanctuary placed on its list of historic places. After the city designated the sanctuary a landmark in 1985, First United won a state Supreme Court decision in 1996 that declared all religious buildings exempt from landmark status. In 1990 the cornice was removed from the sanctuary. This was the first major change to the church itself in terms of preservation since the 1950 addition and remodel. The visual effects of this are still visible on the exterior of the church today. Then in 2004, plans for a tower to be placed on the site gained city approval. This proposal meet resistance from preservationists, as well as church officials, for its plan of tearing down the nearly 100-year-old structure. The plan was never implemented although it led to the city asking the church what were its requests for what is to happen to the land. Although they needed to sell the land to make the needed money to relocate, they did not want the sanctuary itself to be torn down. This continued between the church, the city, preservationists, and developers until 2007 when Kevin Daniels and his company Nitze-Stagen & Co., developed a deal. This deal was approved by all parties. The plan was to tear down the education wing that was built in 1950. They would repurpose the sanctuary itself, and build an economically feasible tower in the empty space where the educational wing once stood. The church sanctuary has now been repurposed into a recital hall, and has housed concerts, and other events since 2009. Demolition if the educational wing took place in 2008, and construction has begun on the 5th and Columbia tower. Current timelines have the tower being finished in July 2014. (info from Wikipedia)

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Handbells in the news in Seattle. Lynn Andersen, solo handbell artist, is featured in the Seattle Times today at our fin...
12/27/2014

Handbells in the news in Seattle. Lynn Andersen, solo handbell artist, is featured in the Seattle Times today at our final concert in Daniels Recital Hall before the renovation. This marks our 63rd concert in this beautiful concert hall. The concert is being televised nationally over both Comcast locally in Seattle and Time Warner from New York City which also carries the program in 52 major cities. As Artist in Residence for the concert hall for the past 6 years Mark Andersen is thrilled to see this work begin on one of Seattle's most beautiful concert halls and honored to have presented the final concert before work begins with our International Artists Carillon handbell ensemble.

12/17/2014

Fox 13 News report about our Christmas Gala Concert at Daniels Recital Hall yesterday. The last one before reconstruction.

December Noontime ConcertChristmas GalaMark Andersen Lynn Andersen Janiel Miller Romaric Pokorny Corentin PokornyEmmeran...
11/27/2014

December Noontime Concert
Christmas Gala
Mark Andersen
Lynn Andersen
Janiel Miller
Romaric Pokorny
Corentin Pokorny
Emmeran Pokorny
Sharon Grabner
Jan Bleakney
International Artists Carillon™
Noontime Concert
December 16, 2014

Crescendo! wins two (2) 2014 MarCom Gold awards!  Both winning entries were filmed at Daniels Recital Hall in Seattle.
11/01/2014

Crescendo! wins two (2) 2014 MarCom Gold awards! Both winning entries were filmed at Daniels Recital Hall in Seattle.

We are pleased to announce that Crescendo! has won two (2) 2014 Marcom Gold Awards for Episodes 283 and 292! (marcomawards.com)

October Noontime ConcertMark Andersen - OrganistNoontime ConcertOctober 14, 2014
09/30/2014

October Noontime Concert
Mark Andersen - Organist
Noontime Concert
October 14, 2014

September Noontime ConcertDaniel Gaisford - CellistNoontime ConcertSeptember 9, 2014
06/16/2014

September Noontime Concert
Daniel Gaisford - Cellist
Noontime Concert
September 9, 2014

International Artists Foundation wins the Seattle Music Award for the 2nd time.
06/12/2014

International Artists Foundation wins the Seattle Music Award for the 2nd time.

International Artists Foundation - Mark Andersen Receives 2013 and 2014 Seattle Award

SEATTLE 2014
International Artists Foundation - Mark Andersen has been selected again for the 2014 Seattle Award in the Music category by the Seattle Award Program.

June Noontime ConcertSCREE!Corentin PokornyEmmeran PokornyRomaric PokornyEmilie ChoiSonja MyklebustWith the combined for...
05/26/2014

June Noontime Concert
SCREE!
Corentin Pokorny
Emmeran Pokorny
Romaric Pokorny
Emilie Choi
Sonja Myklebust
With the combined forces of Oceana Quartet and Rocoempo Trio, SCREE! Chamber Music Ensemble is committed to performing String Ensemble literature at the highest caliber
Noontime Concert
June 10, 2014

April Noontime ConcertMeredith Connie - GuitarChris Worswick - CelloNoontime ConcertApril 8, 2014
04/04/2014

April Noontime Concert
Meredith Connie - Guitar
Chris Worswick - Cello
Noontime Concert
April 8, 2014

February 2014 Noontime ConcertClassics for Piano, Viola, and BellsMark Andersen Lynn Andersen Emmeran PokornyNoontime Co...
02/10/2014

February 2014 Noontime Concert
Classics for Piano, Viola, and Bells
Mark Andersen
Lynn Andersen
Emmeran Pokorny
Noontime Concert
February 11, 2014

2013 Christmas Concert from Daniels Recital Hall featured in award winning TV show Crescendo!
02/01/2014

2013 Christmas Concert from Daniels Recital Hall featured in award winning TV show Crescendo!

We are pleased to announce that Crescendo! has won a 2014 AVA Platinum Award! (avaawards.com) It is an award for Digital Media excellence.

We submitted our Episode 300, with Mark Andersen, Lynn Andersen, Janiel Miller, Rocoempo Trio, Sharon Grabner, and Jan Bleakney.

We are one of 2 Platinum winners in the category of Television Broadcast & Cable/Program worldwide. The Platinum Award is their highest award.

We received our Marcom Gold award today. Janiel was here to present it to us. Thank you Marcom!  The winning show was fi...
12/21/2013

We received our Marcom Gold award today. Janiel was here to present it to us. Thank you Marcom! The winning show was filmed at Daniels Recital Hall.

We received our Marcom Gold award today. Janiel was here to present it to us. Thank you Marcom!

December Noontime ConcertChristmas GalaMark Andersen Lynn Andersen Janiel Miller Romaric Pokorny Corentin PokornyEmmeran...
11/25/2013

December Noontime Concert
Christmas Gala
Mark Andersen
Lynn Andersen
Janiel Miller
Romaric Pokorny
Corentin Pokorny
Emmeran Pokorny
Sharon Grabner
Jan Bleakney
Noontime Concert
December 19, 2013

Time Warner Cable honors Crescendo! again for 2013, twice!
11/13/2013

Time Warner Cable honors Crescendo! again for 2013, twice!

We are pleased to announce that Crescendo! has just received 2 awards from Time Warner Cable in New York City!

New York City Classical Music Program of the Year 2013 - Program
New York City Classical Music Program of the Year 2013 - Producer

We are grateful to Time Warner Cable for honoring us again this year.

Crescendo! wins a 2013 Marcom Gold Award!
11/07/2013

Crescendo! wins a 2013 Marcom Gold Award!

We are pleased to announce that Crescendo! has won a 2013 Marcom Gold Award! (marcomawards.com) We are one of 3 television program winners in a category of over 2000 entries.

October 3pm ConcertSilent movie and organ concertMark Andersen on OrganOctober 27, 20133:00 pm3500 NE 125th Street, Seat...
10/23/2013

October 3pm Concert
Silent movie and organ concert
Mark Andersen on Organ
October 27, 2013
3:00 pm
3500 NE 125th Street, Seattle

09/11/2013

The September Noontime Concert has been cancelled due to Artist unavailabilities.

Daniels Recital Hall - Mark Andersen Receives 2013 Seattle AwardSeattle Award Program Honors the AchievementSEATTLE May ...
06/12/2013

Daniels Recital Hall - Mark Andersen Receives 2013 Seattle Award

Seattle Award Program Honors the Achievement

SEATTLE May 21, 2013 -- Daniels Recital Hall - Mark Andersen has been selected for the 2013 Seattle Award in the Concert Music Halls category by the Seattle Award Program.

Each year, the Seattle Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Seattle area a great place to live, work and play.

SOURCE: Seattle Award Program


Mark Andersen wrote: "I would like to take a moment to thank all the artists who have performed on our concert series at Daniels Recital Hall. This award is yours as much as it is for me and the concert hall. I would like to say a very special thanks to Kevin Daniels who has made this entire project possible as a gift to the people of the Northwest. It is indeed a privilege to serve in my 5th year as Artist in Residence to Daniels Recital Hall, Seattle."

May Noontime ConcertMeredith Connie - GuitarChris Worswick - CelloNoontime ConcertMay 30, 2013
05/20/2013

May Noontime Concert
Meredith Connie - Guitar
Chris Worswick - Cello
Noontime Concert
May 30, 2013

April Noontime ConcertSamuel Barber's Hermit SongsLesley Miller ChapinCarol HartoonNoontime ConcertApril 25, 2013
04/22/2013

April Noontime Concert
Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs
Lesley Miller Chapin
Carol Hartoon
Noontime Concert
April 25, 2013

03/06/2013

The March Noontime Concert has been cancelled due to construction in the recital hall.

February Noontime ConcertMark Andersen  Emmeran PokornyLynn Andersen Noontime ConcertFebruary 28, 2013 Noon
02/18/2013

February Noontime Concert
Mark Andersen
Emmeran Pokorny
Lynn Andersen
Noontime Concert
February 28, 2013 Noon

January Noontime ConcertMeredith ConnieNoontime ConcertJanuary 31, 2013 Noon
01/22/2013

January Noontime Concert
Meredith Connie
Noontime Concert
January 31, 2013 Noon

Crescendo! is honored with another New York Independent Music Program of 2012!  Program is filmed at Daniels Recital Hal...
12/25/2012

Crescendo! is honored with another New York Independent Music Program of 2012! Program is filmed at Daniels Recital Hall.

We are honored to win the Time Warner Cable Independent Music Program of the Year for New York again in 2012!

Christmas with the Salvation Army & Breath of AireSunday, December 9, 20127:00 pmGeneral Admission $15.00 at the door206...
10/19/2012

Christmas with the Salvation Army & Breath of Aire
Sunday, December 9, 2012
7:00 pm
General Admission $15.00 at the door
206-217-1206

The Road HomeGonzaga University ChoirTimothy Westerhaus - ConductorNovember 9, 20127:30 pmFree, donations accepted
10/11/2012

The Road Home
Gonzaga University Choir
Timothy Westerhaus - Conductor
November 9, 2012
7:30 pm
Free, donations accepted

October Noontime ConcertPhantasm of the Opera!Lesley Miller Lesley ChapinLynn MuehleisenClaudia KesterCarol HartoonMark ...
09/10/2012

October Noontime Concert
Phantasm of the Opera!
Lesley Miller Lesley Chapin
Lynn Muehleisen
Claudia Kester
Carol Hartoon
Mark Andersen
Lynn Andersen
Noontime Concert
October 25, 2012

September Noontime ConcertMasters of the AmericasJensina Oliver - PianistNoontime ConcertSeptember 27, 2012
08/17/2012

September Noontime Concert
Masters of the Americas
Jensina Oliver - Pianist
Noontime Concert
September 27, 2012

Daniels Recital Hall's cover photo
08/07/2012

Daniels Recital Hall's cover photo

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