Piano Information:

"Mary Lou" — by designer: ZGF

Photography by:   Benji Vuong

Photography by: Benji Vuong


(Off the street)

On her way to her forever home.




Mary Lou Williams



We rescue pianos and put them on the street for everybody to enjoy. We want to give pianists more opportunities to play for the public.



The Legend of Fur Elise
Legend has it that the original score of Beethoven’s piano classic Fur Elise was lost to the ages, and that iterations thereafter have not been as perfect as he conceived. Our piano monster, ‘Fur’ Elise, grew from the very keys he composed on. After ages of inferior renditions Fur Elise grows a new hair with every wrong note, hungry for the perfect score. Her eyes are wild with remembrance of his perfect playing… She encourages you to this day to try your best and break her spell.
Play her, won’t you?

… please?



ZGF Architects LLP is a design firm with a focus on architecture, interior design, and urban design. Founded in Portland, Oregon, with a mission to strive for design excellence, stewardship of our natural and built environment, and exceptional client service, the firm has grown to include offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, New York, and ZGF Cotter Architects Inc. in Vancouver, BC. ZGF’s design philosophy is centered on the premise that design excellence should be reflected in each and every aspect of a building—its fit with the community, its function and relationship to its users, its building systems, and its cost.

The team:
Yuri An
Talisa Shevavesh
Drew Carson
Michael Highland
Brennan Aitken-Gantz
Robert Petty
Athena Petty
Robin Oglesbee-Venghaus
Miranda Lee
Chelsea Oda
Tyler Short
Tyler Wilcox
Sean Wittmeyer
Libby Mccarl
Dannielle Fautch
Lindsey Brockhouse
Ryan Diedrich
Andrea Young


Namesake Musician: 
Mary lou Williams

Mary Lou Williams (born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs; May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981) was an African-American jazz pianist, composer, and vocalist. She wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements, and recorded more than one hundred records (in 78, 45, and LP versions). Williams wrote and arranged for such bandleaders as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and she was friend, mentor, and teacher to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others.


Wikipedia: Mary Lou Williams






We rescue pianos, put them on the street for everyone to enjoy, and then give them to schools, community centers, artists, and others who will love them as much as we do.


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