News broke last week that some developers have proposed a project to the City of Seattle that would mean the end of the Funhouse, a much beloved music venue/dive bar/adult recreation center across the street from the Space Needle on 5th Ave. Basically, these developers want to tear everything down on that block and turn it into a bunch of condos. Many people are none too pleased with this idea, because if you don’t already know, the Funhouse is fucking rad. It’s the kind of bar that’s not just fun, it’s the most fun. And whether or not the city technically considers it as such, the space is most certainly a piece of Seattle history, having been originally occupied by Tex’s Tavern, which was erected in the mid-40′s
A couple of particularly motivated people have been rallying the troops via Facebook, trying to get a good turnout at this Early Design Guidance Meeting happening at the Queen Anne Community Center. Basically, it’s the first in a string of opportunities for the die hard Funhouse patrons to express their concerns before the project gets the green light from the city. Erik Leiren, one of the “Save the Funhouse!!!” event page admins, clarifies, “…we will not get a ton done at this meeting. There will be a few opportunities for people to speak, and they are to speak only to problems they see in the plan. These are things like parking (there will be more housing units than parking, so where will these people park?), the view from the Monorail with the new building in place, how the taller buildings will look next to the McDonalds – anything that may not have been planned well. We need to stick to this type of subject as if we speak at this meeting and it is not about this subject, they will just wipe it from the record.” There will be many more meetings in the future and the process of fighting the take down will require a lot of time, effort and diligence. Here’s hoping it all pays off.
The first meeting is at 6:30PM on Wednesday, March 21. Funhouse co-owner, Bobby Kuckelburg, had this to say: ”I want to let everyone know that the Funhouse is not being torn down anytime soon…so if you have a show scheduled or plan on going there sometime soon, we’re open & ready for ya! This IS a reality & yes the building IS for sale, that said, we hope the developers cannot get the funding so we can continue to do what we LOVE doing! I’m truly humbled by the amount of support all of you have showed…WE FUCKIN’ LOVE YOU ALL-” (from Independence Printage on the “Save the Funhouse!!!” event page).