at 801 5th Ave , 98104
Daniels Recital Hall, formerly the First Methodist Episcopal Church, is a preserved church sanctuary that has been re-purposed into a recital hall. It was built in 1908 on the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and Marion Street in Seattle, Washington, United States. The recital hall opened in 2009 hosting concerts that use the already existing church acoustics.The hall is owned by Nitze-Stagen & Co. who saved it in a deal that was met with the First Methodist Episcopal Church. This deal brought an end to a nearly 25 year battle for the preservation of the site.In 2009, Mark Andersen was appointed as Artist in Residence, and asked to provide a free noontime concert music series, with performances each month in the sanctuary. More than 57 noontime concerts were presented over 6 years, and many other evening concerts and events were also booked in the Hall. Many of these concerts were filmed and aired on the local television show Crescendo! by International Artists Records. The television program originally aired on SCANTV, and now on Seattle Community Media (SCM) at North Seattle Community College. Crescendo! also airs across the country on Time Warner Cable. These concerts continued until December 2014 in preparation for reconstruction of the Recital Hall in 2015 The final concert before reconstruction was held December 16, 2014.In 2012, Seattle-based Mars Hill Church leased the building and began holding services. In 2014 the congregation moved out of the building.BuildingBuilt by the architects of firm Schack and Huntington, the structure is commonly placed into the Beaux arts style of architecture. This is important in that previously churches in the area had been built in what is commonly considered the Gothic Revival style of architecture. This shift is considered to be the result of a progressive change in order to reference the new age of the 20th century. The change is thought to be a representation of a new simpler time as shown with the simple, yet still elegant exterior terracotta reliefs, and the harmonious synchronization of how these pieces become a whole.