Storefront Studio

The City of Bothell is working with the University of Washington Architecture Department’s “Storefront Studio” this spring to develop designs for façade and other improvements in the historic downtown core. The Storefront Studio is a UW Architecture outreach program focusing on the historic Main Streets of Washington State communities. The students, in the final quarter of their undergraduate programs in architecture and building construction at the main campus in Seattle, will focus on preservation/restoration and economic development.

The project started with City planning and historic preservation staff meeting with the students and providing background on the Downtown Plan and our historic core. On Friday, March 31, the students visited Bothell, toured Main Street and held a Kickoff meeting with a panel of community stakeholders providing additional background and personal perspectives on the history and future of downtown. Participants included long-time and relatively recent downtown business and property owners, City staff working on the Main Street Enhancement project, a representative of the Bothell Historical Museum, and Deputy Mayor Davina Duerr, who also served for many years on the Landmark Preservation Board.

​ Future community meetings will present the students’ analysis and proposals:

April 28 - Community Open House - Assets, Objectives - Before & After 

May 19 - Community Open House - Preliminary Enhancement Proposals

June 2 - Community Open House – Developed Enhancement Strategies

​ The City Hall Council Chambers, 18415 101st Ave NE, will be the location for all events and exhibits. The open houses and presentations will be from 3:30 to 6:30.

​ A web site will document the work and comments will be encouraged, in person and on-line at:

​ The Studio has been recognized by King County Executive and awarded the John D Spellman Historic Preservation Award for a long term record of community assistance.

​For more information: Dave Boyd, Senior Planner  (425) 806-6406

​ Jim Nicholls Director, UW Storefront Studio (206) 779 1461