Party! Film! Demolition!




A documentary film by Team Demo Hugo


Located at 1634 11th Avenue, literary center Richard Hugo House is scheduled for demolition in 2016 to make room for mixed-use apartments. In the face of the tear-down, our documentary Where the House Was will create a collective memory of the building, along with the neighborhood where writers, actors, artists, neighbors and activists have been gathering for years. Led by writer and Hugo House co-founder, Frances McCue, Team Demo Hugo—a collective of writers, geographers, designers, and filmmakers—is making a documentary that will follow the demolition.


Hugo House is being given a home in the new building-to-be and the film will seek to answer some of the big questions: Can this case teach us how and what to preserve in Seattle, one of the fastest growing cities in the United States? More importantly, can it teach us how the soul of a neighborhood can thrive within new physical structures?


This project is being launched under the sponsorship of Seattle’s 501(c)3 nonprofit arts collective, LoveCityLove, and funds are currently being raised via crowdfunding website Indiegogo. The team has already raised 34% of its starting goal of $22,000 in order to produce this film. This goal represents one-fifth of the film’s overall budget—the rest of which will come from foundations, grants, and other donors. The ultimate film will be created by our award-winning cinematographer, Ryan Adams, whose previous work has landed at Sundance.


Where the House Was will provide the neighborhood with an opportunity to become engaged with changes happening all around them. Locals should watch out for an upcoming event on November 21st, 2015 from 1-3pm at Sole Repair (1001 E Pike Street). The event, which is open to the general public, will include news about our project, food, activities, and a special literary guest! Urban change is not new to Capitol Hill, but this time we’re poised to note how the community adapts and takes stock beforehand of just what ground the neighborhood’s already covered.

To learn more about this project, please contact:


Tyler DeFriece, Crowdfunding and Social Media
Email: | Phone: 302-668-4555 | Website:

Indiegogo campaign:



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