StoreFront Studio


July 26, 2016

Snoqualmie 2016

SPRING 2016 Studio Intro The Spring 2016 Storefront Studio is a partnership between King County Historic Preservation, The City of Snoqualmie Community Development, and the Architecture Department of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. Through a series of community presentations and open houses, a set of enhancement strategies for the Historic…


Snoqualmie 2016 – Linking Destinations

SPRING 2016 Linking Destinations – Overview The Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls brings thousands of visitors to the area each year. More often than not, the visitors do not make it to the historic downtown. This has been attributed to a poor pedestrian connection between the two destinations. Linking Destinations aims to improve the existing Centennial…


Snoqualmie 2016 – Linking Destinations

SPRING 2016 Linking Destinations – Railroad 57% of Snoqualmie residents surveyed viewed the train artifacts as an asset to the community. City support exists for improvements along the railroad for an more active viewing experience of the train artifacts. Elements such as lighting, new arrangements and fresh signage could go far to bring more attention and tourism to the railroad.


Snoqualmie 2016 – Linking Destinations

SPRING 2016 Linking Destinations – Centennial Log The Centennial Log is housed under a section of the old Wayerhauser Mill building in Railroad Community Park. It is an example of the type of logs that used to be plentiful in the Snoqualmie region prior to the logging industry. While visitors can get a clear idea of how wide these trees could have been, it’s…


Snoqualmie 2016 – Linking Designations

SPRING 2016 Linking Destinations – Bus Stop The existing bus stop at the intersection of SE Northern St and Railroad Ave SE is not frequently used, but as the trail gets built and more people visit the area, it will become a busier location. The bus stop we are designing provides people with seating and cover from the…


Snoqualmie 2016 – Pedestrian Core

SPRING 2016 Pedestrian Core – Overview It is the intention of the 2016 Storefront Studio to bring to historic Snoqualmie, a public space suitable for locals and tourists alike. Falls Avenue, from the bowling alley to the hardware store, is envisioned as a mix of pedestrian and cars. The purpose of this muse is to connect the…


Snoqualmie 2016 – Pedestrian Core

SPRING 2016 Pedestrian Core – Increased Seating    


Snoqualmie 2016 – Pedestrian Core

SPRING 2016 Pedestrian Core – Hardware Store Parking Lot   Typical Day                                Special Event                                    Movie Night


Snoqualmie 2016 – Pedestrian Core

SPRING 2016 Pedestrian Core – Woonerf Activities vary along the woonerf. Food trucks and vendors temporarily occupy parking spaces during special events.


Snoqualmie 2016 – Corner Connections

SPRING 2016 Corner Connections – Overview The corner lot could be utilized as an inclusive community center that serves the people of Snoqualmie and facilitates connections. These connections include those between residents, the downtown and the Ridge development, the river and the town, businesses and visitors and the people of the community. It would be a…


Snoqualmie 2016 – Corner Connections

SPRING 2016 Corner Connections – Corner Lot The corner lot is proposed for a new inclusive community center for Snoqualmie residents. Connections are encouraged on physical, environmental and social scales. Connections are encouraged between residents, the downtown and the Ridge development, the river and thetown, and businesses and visitors.


Snoqualmie 2016 – Corner Connections

SPRING 2016 Corner Connections – Site Section to River   The main objective for the corner lot is to connect downtown Snoqualmie to the river and nature, while simultaneously increasing the opportunities for the community engagement and involvement.


Snoqualmie 2016 – Farmers Market

SPRING 2016 Corner Connections – Farmers Market We propose starting a farmers market on the lot. While the farmers market grows, it can evolve into something more permanent. Once the farmers market becomes a weekly event, a structure can be built on the lot that has a sheltered area for stalls and an indoor area in the corner, with a kitchen and bathroom.  


Snoqualmie 2016 – More Lodging

SPRING 2016 More Lodging – Overview Snoqualmie has significant tourist attractions including the Snoqualmie Falls and Train Depot. There is currently only one place to stay overnight, the Salish Lodge. To provide a diversity of options for lodging two different buildings are proposed supporting a range of accommodation types, each with an additional civic role….


Snoqualmie 2016 – More Lodging

SPRING 2016 More Lodging – Proposed Locations We considered four locations within walking distance of downtown and produced statistics for each property. Of these properties we chose two to pursue in depth in the following pages. The analysis includes lot value, current use and jurisdictions, and the goal for number of rooms and price point.


Snoqualmie 2016 – More Lodging

SPRING 2016 More Lodging – Lodging and Community Porch Currently, this “park” is an empty lot in a residential and commercial neighborhood. It has endless possibilities for games/picnics/fun with a little imagination. With green space still intact, this community porch allows for organized gatherings and shelter during inclement conditions.


Snoqualmie 2016 – More Lodging

SPRING 2016 More Lodging – Motel        


Snoqualmie 2016 – Little Library Network

SPRING 2016 Little Library Network – Overview The relocation of the downtown library in Snoqualmie was a loss to the immediate community and to the historic district. A network of Free Little Libraries dispersed around downtown can give back to the strong community. The concept behind these mailbox-sized libraries is, “take a book, return a…


Snoqualmie 2016 – Little Library Network

SPRING 2016 Little Library Network – Character Identity The mobile Little Library is a low cost option requiring little skill and time and utilizes Recycled components. By building a simple bookshelf and securing it to a pre-built wheeled cart of some kind, one can easily maneuver the library wherever it is needed. Construction or DIY style books could go well in this…


Snoqualmie 2016 – Little Library Network

SPRING 2016 Little Library Network – Community Support The little park between town hall and the Old Library is the perfect location to insert a Little Free Library as part of the network. In addition to bringing books back to the “Library”,  this little library can benefit the local boy scouts a major user group within…


Snoqualmie 2016 – Little Library Network

SPRING 2016 Little Library Network – Character Identity The Railroad Community Park is located adjacent to the Historic Train Depot in Snoqualmie, which houses the Northwest Railway Museum. Given its close proximity to both the rails themselves, as well as, the museum, the Character Identity Little Library would be appropriate here. By modeling the library after a…


Snoqualmie 2016 – Little Library Network

SPRING 2016 Little Library Network – Urban Repair The Urban Repair little library is a smaller scale solution for reconnecting gaps in the storefronts. By taking up the space of a car stall adjacent to the sidewalk a larger bench-style library could change the lot into a place to relax and enjoy. Planting boxes are strategically…