The Richard Hugo House, a cherished literary arts center seated at the edge of Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill, was demolished today to a chorus of moans from the surrounding arts community. The rambling Victorian building was rich with history- both as an institution beloved for its exceptional literary programing- and as a former funeral parlor with a lingering ghost.
Fortunately, Second Use had the opportunity to salvage a large number of non structural artifacts of the space just days before demolition, sparing them from the landfill and inviting you to snag a piece of Hugo House history. Over 90 items including the iconic hardwood mantel, original sign, interior doors, wood windows, industrial lighting, and a pair of columns scrawled with the challenge “you thought you were going to salvage this, eh?” are now available at Second Use.
Snoop our stash online or in store from 9-6 daily.
PS: The Hugo House will have a temporary home at 1021 Columbia St. until they move back into the new, 6-story mixed use space that will occupy the original lot. We wish them the best and encourage you to check out their fantastic roster of events and workshops.