A permanent installation on immigration in Seattle tells the story of the people and the process of immigration through the building that was the United States Immigration Station & Assay Office. Signs throughout the building mark significant locations and feature images of the sites before the building was transformed from detention center to creative community. In addition, four artists have contributed pieces that shed light on immigration in various, fascinating ways: a graphic novel, a sound installation, silkscreen prints and encaustic paintings.
Share the experiences of the people who walked the halls before us. Visit Inscape Arts for upcoming Open Studios. Project oral histories and related research available through the Governor Gary Locke Library & Community Heritage Center at The Wing.
Signs throughout the building include:
1. Confiscated Materials | You Can’t Bring That in Here
2. Basement | Search Me
3. Processing Room | Booking In
4. Isolation Cell | Restraint
5. Basement | Stay to the Yellow Line
6. East Stairwell | Securing the Building
7. Swearing-In Room | How Does It Feel to Become a Citizen?
8. Swearing-In Room | How Does It Feel to Become a Citizen?
9. Waiting Room | Is It My Turn Yet?
10. Counter Area | Welcome
11. Counter Area | How Can I Help You?
12. File Room | File This Away
13. Detention Cell East | Detention Dormitories
14. Bathroom East | The Basics of Institutional Life
15. Hospital Room | Good Health
16. Courtyard East | Making a Mark
17. Storage Closet | Making Every Space Count
18. Long-Term Detention Area | 2 Charles
19. Control Room | Keeping Control
20. Detention Cell Center | Short-Timers
21. Detention Cell Center | This Is a Prison, Isn’t It?
22. Courtyard West| Ways to Escape
23. Long-Term Detention Area | Long-Term Detention
24. Detention Cell West | Immigrants Helping Immigrants
25. Isolation Cells | Solitary Confinement
26. Dining Hall and Kitchen | Institutional Food for a World Community
27. Dining Hall and Kitchen | Hunger Strike!
28. Library | Not Much to Read but You Can Research
29. Immigration Court and Visitation Area | Judges & Families
30. Check-In Wall | Taking Care of Business
31. Office of Assistant District Director | Fighting Against Indefinite Detention
32. Office of Assistant District Director | Fighting Against Indefinite Detention
33. Assay Office | Gold!
34. Vault | From Gold to Guns
35. Attic | Are There Ghosts in the Building?Printable Map (PDF)
Produced by the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
With support from INS Holdings, LLC
Joan Stuart Ross
Exhibition Text and Oral Histories
Community Advisory Committee Members
Oral History Interviewees
Obdulia (Dolly) Castillo
Mohamed Sheikh Hassan
Seyed Mohamed Maulana
Joseph Pham Xuân Vinh
Phung Quoc Cuong
Ben and Jane Lee