Modern Queen Anne

Living in Seattle is exciting because we can be both preservationists and modernists. In Queen Anne we have idyllic Revival and Craftsman homes that sit pretty next to the Modern homes. It works well for our city and our future, but all this being said, things can get a little confusing and only time can be the true judge of good design.

Robert Reichert House/Studio

You can imagine in 1954, when the Reichert house/studio was completed, the sheer disorientation the neighbors experienced. Robert Reichert claimed that the design for his home at 2500 3rd Ave West was primitive, natural, and symbolic. It revealed a love for traditionalism and history. He also claimed that his home complimented the scale of the neighborhood and landscape, and that the design intention was to create a religious atmosphere. …Continue reading “Modern Queen Anne”

Allbin vs. City of Seattle

The internet is a great tool for access to many older items previously unavailable.  One local example is the picture archive for the City of Seattle.  Now any of us can peruse hundreds of pictures that were previously available only on old glass plates.  And that’s where I first saw him.  According to the date on the image, it was May, 1914. There he was–standing on a small ledge of a very large house in Queen Anne, looking out at the view.

Allbin Boarding House, May 18, 1914
Allbin Boarding House, May 18, 1914

It was hard to understand just what he was doing, but also the bigger question existed–why did someone from the City of Seattle think they needed to record the scene?  “Allbin vs. City” the description on the photo read.  And where was this grand old house today?  Was it still there? …Continue reading “Allbin vs. City of Seattle”

Queen Anne Park: The Story of a Neighborhood

Queen Anne Park Streets
Queen Anne Park Streets

Queen Anne Park is a relatively unknown neighborhood located above Seattle Pacific University at the northwest end of Queen Anne Hill. Queen Anne Park’s curving streets, fantastic views and generally modest-sized 1920’s homes tell an exciting story of real estate development as the Roaring Twenties drew to a close and just before the Great Depression. While not a park in the usual sense of the word, it is park-like in its beauty with winding streets and numerous charming Tudor, Spanish and Colonial revival homes. For years, it has been enshrouded by an aura of mystery and rumor. The Queen Anne Park Addition to the City of Seattle dates to 1926, and is bordered by West Bertona, West Barrett, Seventh Avenue West, and Eleventh Avenue West. Only homes located inside the boundary formed by those streets are considered to be in Queen Anne Park. …Continue reading “Queen Anne Park: The Story of a Neighborhood”