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Sacred Medicine House 
chief seattle club

Rolluda Architects worked in partnership with Jones & Jones and the Chief Seattle Club to design and construct the Sacred Medicine House, a five-story, 120-unit apartment complex located on Lake City Way in northeast Seattle. The project involved using the existing permit drawings and converting them to construction documents for a wood-framed building. RAI was responsible for the assessment and verification of the design, verification of the previous programming conclusions, and making changes to the structural system. We added storage to the project and enlarged the kitchen.


Rolluda Architects worked with Jones & Jones to incorporate Indigenous Design principals, as Chief Seattle Club involves numerous Tribes and geographic influences. The building features many floor-to-ceiling murals that greet residents when they step out of the elevator. The facility is dedicated to permanently housing Native adults experiencing homelessness, prioritizing residents who might be in recovery. Sacred Medicine House will be a place of healing that provides housing in a trauma-informed, culturally appropriate, and holistic model centered on building community and fostering a sense of belonging.


Type: Community + Cultural                       Client: Chief Seattle Club

+ Housing Development

Location: Seattle, WA                                 Project Lead: Susan Neaton

News / Press:

New Seattle apartment opens with promise to ‘end Native homelessness in King County’

Sacred Medicine House: A new place to call home for homeless Indigenous people

120 units of permanent housing opening in Seattle's Lake City neighborhood

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