Be ready to ooh, aah, gawk and gasp. The 2014 (third annual) Seattle Modern Home Tour is happening this Saturday, March 22nd. It runs from 11am to 5pm. Cost is $30 in advance (online until Friday) and $40 on the day of. Kids under 12 can accompany parents for free. There are 6 homes on the tour; 5 are in Seattle and 1 giant brand new spectacular home is in Issaquah.
The Modern Home Tours give people a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own city via self-guided driving tour. This a delightful, fun-filled day of local sight-seeing and open-house-style visits for anyone who loves architecture, interior design, real estate, or simply checking out the inside of their neighbors homes. While participating homeowners get to show off their cool, modern dwellings to neighbors for a day, it is the Seattle architects that really get the spotlight in this city-wide gallery of their work.
The Seattle Architecture Foundation is the Modern Home Tour’s local non-profit partner for the third year in a row and will assist in staffing the tour.
Highlights of the tour include:
A gorgeous home in Leschi Park, originally built in the 80s, and recently renovated by Robert Hutchison to remain faithful to the original geometry, but showcase a new vocabulary of architecture.
In Maple Leaf, see the inside and out of local notable architect James Chiarellis personal residence, built between 1948 and 1950, but renovated by the current owners to update the interior while honoring the original design. The home is a bridge between classic mid-century and todays modern themes; it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Washington Heritage Register, and as a City of Seattle Landmark.
The awe-inspiring Magnolia-neighborhood penthouse apartment in a complex designed by Eric Cobb that features engaging expansive rooftop terraces for outside living with views of Elliott Bay and Mount Rainier.
A second home by Eric Cobb, stretching across the full southern end of the Madison Park block, that features amazing open light-filled spaces and impressive-but-carefully-controlled outdoor decks and terraces. This home was a highlight of the 2012 tour!
A very impressive one-story mid-century home in West Seattle, designed by Richard Bonner, that features fantastic open spaces, a huge kosher kitchen, and an angled wall to match the direction of nearby Fauntleroy Way.