Did you know that the state’s first public art museum was the Henry Art Gallery?
It’s true! In February 1927, the gallery opened its doors to Seattle’s art-loving public. It was founded by Seattle business leader Horace Chapin Henry, a man who became wealthy from railroads and banking, all the while cultivating an eye for art. He donated his collection, mainly late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century landscape paintings, to the University of Washington along with funds to build a gallery to house the collection. The building was designed by the architectural partnership Bebb and Gould, who also designed the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. •
Illustration by Regina Volpi Baerwalde for City Arts.