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Frequently Asked Questions

Pike Place Market Foundation
Naming Opportunities & Donations

Currently there is no deadline to donate for a Market Charm or Bronze Hoofprint. Charms and Hoofprints gifted today will be installed in the fall of 2017 pending final approval by the Market’s Historic Commission.

Billie the Piggybank will leave a path of hoofprints from her current location on Western Avenue walking north to the new stairs of the MarketFront entrance near the corner of Western Avenue and Virginia Street. She will also leave a hoofprint path on the top of the new Market Plaza where she will find her new home on the MarketFront.

Market Charms will hang from the railings surrounding the new MarketFront from the upper plaza down the staircase to the promenade leading to the future Central Waterfront Park.

Market Charms and Hoofprints will be installed during the construction of the MarketFront. We will have a map and directory for you to find your personalized Charm or Hoofprint during and following the Grand Opening of the site in 2017. Please be patient as we work to build the final piece of Pike Place Market. As a MarketFront donor you will be the first to know all of the exciting details about our Grand Opening celebration and when we will unveil your unique piece of Pike Place Market!

All Market Charms under your name and ordered before the original March 1 deadline will be placed together on the fence of the new MarketFront. All Charms donations under the same first name, last name and email address will be grouped together. After the March 1 deadline we will start the process over again. This does mean that if you already have a Family of Charms that you donated for before the March 1 deadline and you end up gifts MORE Charms we will be unable to hang them with your original Charms. But all Charms ordered after the March 1 deadline will be grouped with other Charms ordered after that date with the same first name, last name and email address. If you have any questions about this don’t hesitate to email us a

We are happy to help you find a tile in the Market. Tiles are searchable by inscription only. To look up your inscription:

  • Visit this webpage and click “How Do I locate my Market tile?”
  • Stop by the Info Booth located at the main entrance of the Market on the corner of Pike Place and Pike Street,
  • Or call and leave a message at (206) 774-5271 and our staff will return your call as soon as possible.

Automatic pledge payments by credit card are processed on the following schedule: monthly installments are processed on the 15th of the month immediately following the transaction date, quarterly installments are processed on the 1st of the calendar quarter immediately following the transaction date and annual installments are processed on the 1st of the month immediately following the transaction date. If you would like to pay off your pledge now, call us at 206-774-5271.

Yes! Send your check payable to “Pike Place Market Foundation” to:

Pike Place Market Foundation
85 Pike Street, Room 500
Seattle, WA 98101

Or call us at 206-774-5271. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards

Many companies match charitable donations made by their employees and retirees.  Contact your company’s human services department to submit your request for a matching gift today.  Completed matching gift forms can be faxed to (206) 682-7447 or mailed to the Pike Place Market Foundation at 85 Pike Street, Room 500 Seattle WA 98101.

Yes! A naming opportunity on the new MarketFront is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give the gift of the legacy of Pike Place Market. We’ve created gift-giving tools like e-Cards and print-at-home cards to share.

Yes! The Market Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of law. Our tax ID number is 91-1197625.

MarketFront History & Timeline

With the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and subsequent loss of parking under the Viaduct, Pike Place Market was given a unique opportunity to reclaim the site of the former Municipal Market Building. The site is within the Market Historic District and was part of Victor Steinbrueck’s original plan for the Market.

Construction began on June 24, 2015 and is scheduled to be complete in Spring 2017. Grand Opening has been announced and will take place on June 29th, 2017! Click here for more information.

Pike Place Market is more than just fresh produce, seafood, and gorgeous bouquets of flowers. The Market is home to nearly 350 low-income seniors and an array of social services that supports more than 11,000 vulnerable children, families and seniors every year.

The MarketFront offers the PDA and Pike Place Market Foundation the opportunity to honor and uphold one of the key purposes of the Market, “to preserve and expand the residential community, especially for low income people.”

Forty units of low-income senior housing are located on southern portion of the project. Thirty three units are intended for low-income seniors with seven designed to accommodate live-work space for low-income senior artists. Housing for low-income seniors has been identified as one of the most significant emerging needs in downtown and in the Market neighborhood.

MarketFront Funding

The Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) is leading the project with oversight from the Market Historic Commission and with input from the Market community. Pike Place Market Foundation is managing the Pike Up! fundraising campaign to complete the final $6 million in construction costs and $3 million to create public art and expand social services on the MarketFront. The Miller Hull Partnership is the architecture firm selected to create the design. Project management is led by the Seattle-based firm SOJ. Sellen Construction is the general contractor and construction manager.

Pike Place Market Foundation supports the heart and soul of the Market – its people. By helping our neighbors who work, learn and live in and around the Market, the Foundation helps the Market we love remain a thriving, caring community. Established in 1982, The Market Foundation has granted more than $26 Million to provide housing, healthcare, healthy food, childcare and a community of support to our most vulnerable neighbors. Over the past 34 years, The Market Foundation has contributed to a neighborhood model that allows a diverse community to live and thrive here at Pike Place Market.

Funding for the $73 million project comes from the PDA, parking mitigation funds from the City of Seattle and WSDOT, donations from the Pike Up! fundraising campaign, low income housing tax credits, grants, PDA equity and debt, new market tax credits and grant funds.  The PDA funded the initial exploratory design concepts along with support from the City of Seattle.

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