I’ve driven past this beautiful old building at 1400 Broadway at least a thousand times over the years. It’s Gilda’s Club of Seattle and resides on the southern edge of the Pike Pine Triangle neighborhood on Capitol Hill.
Named in honor of Gilda Radner (1946 - 1989), an original cast member of the Saturday Night Live television show was truly one the great comic geniuses. She did 107 episodes between 1975 and 1980 and won an Emmy Award in 1978.
This charming 2 story with its huge front columns and facade was built in 1911. When I lived on the hill in the late 1970’s early 1980’s this part of town had known better times. Now, with the development of the Pike Pine Triangle it’s a vibrant urban neighborhood of about 15 blocks with many restaurants and bars, boutique shops, arts facilities and an eclectic mix of refurbished historic buildings like the Odd Fellows Hall and many new condominiums.
Gilda’s Club Seattle was founded by Anna Gottlieb and opened its doors in 2002. It’s a great place for families who are learning to live with cancer. At the Clubhouse they build social support structures together with members at no cost to the family, individual or friends... All are welcome.
There are around 20 active Gilda’s Clubs in the US and Canada. This wonderful nonprofit organization runs a wide variety of emotional and social support services, classes and workshops, social events, and resources for anyone with cancer including the young and old and their families and friends.