Honoring Mercer Island History

Coval Pool Roof to be Incorporated into Grand Lobby

MICA plans to honor a unique element of Mercer Island history by incorporating the Coval Pool Roof into the Grand Lobby of the Mercer Island Center for the Arts. Myer and Barbara Coval purchased their estate in 1981. Over the years, they remodeled the interior spaces of their home. Throughout their journey, they incorporated the best possible materials, not for their expense but for their beauty and longevity.

Coval RoofA stunning example of their philosophy is the Pool Roof. The complicated joinery is a truss system based on a traditional Japanese roof structure known as Shinzuka and is crafted in solid Bubinga wood. The wood was acquired in South Africa, processed in Germany and then kiln dried in Los Angeles. A crew of 10 woodworkers labored for over 18 months to create and install the trusses, which were joined and assembled one piece at a time on site. The joinery systems are designed by Curtis Erpelding, a furniture maker with the Northwest Woodworkers' Gallery. Each Bubinga member was hand sanded and polished to a furniture grade polish.

MICA is planning to dismantle this extraordinary piece of art and craftsmanship piece by piece and lovingly store it off site until it can be re-installed in the grand lobby of MICA. The Coval House was sold to Wes Giesbrecht, who is donating the roof structure to MICA. HRP Properties is donating storage until the structure can be installed in MICA’s Grand Lobby.

Mercer Island resident and internationally recognized architect, Lesley Bain, along with collaborating architect Owen Richards (McCaw Hall, Chihuly Garden of Glass at the Seattle Center, art installation design at the Olympic Sculpture Park), are incorporating the structure into the grand lobby.

MICA Grand LobbyMICA is honored and excited to be able to keep a unique part of Mercer Island history for the community and retain its beauty and integrity now and for years to come.

MICA is a $21M multi-theatre venue and center for the arts located on city-owned property adjacent to the northwest corner of Mercerdale Park across from the Mercer Island Town Center. Not just a performing arts venue, it is also an educational resource center for young and old.

The proposed design of the 38,000 sq. ft. venue will house three theatres that range in size from a 350-seat Main Stage, a 150-seat Recital Hall and a 100-seat Theatre Lab. MICA will also house studios and classrooms for music, dance, theatre and the visual arts and be the new, permanent home for Youth Theatre Northwest and several other arts organizations.