July 2019: The Landmarks Preservation Board unanimously voted to designate the interior and exterior of the Showbox as a City Landmark for architectural significance and cultural significance. Despite this victory, the venue is not saved. Our work continues! Stay tuned for updates.
Friends of the Showbox advocates for Historic Landmark designation, strong controls placed by the Landmarks Board, and a preservation-friendly buyer. We want the Showbox to host live music for generations to come.
Friends of the Showbox is a coalition of Showbox employees, Historic Seattle, Friends of the Market, Friends of Historic Belltown, Vanishing Seattle, Rise Up Belltown, and other community and arts leaders. This site is designed and managed by Shannon Welles, a 17-year Showbox employee.