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One of Ellsworth Storey's Brehm Brothers Houses For Sale

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At the turn of the 20th century, William and George Brehm made a name for themselves as grocers and meat-sellers at Pike Place Market. The brothers seemingly did everything together, which might explain why they had noted architect Ellsworth Storey build them two adjacent homes in the Denny-Blaine area around 1909. Of course that might have also been Storey's idea. The paired structure design was very similar to his own home built right next door to his parents's house in Denny-Blaine. Now, one of the Seattle Landmark Brehm Brothers Houses is up for sale (219 36th Avenue E), asking $1,495M. As he usually did, Storey used Northwest materials to construct the homes, including stained wood, clinker brick and the river stone that makes for a standout chimney and fireplace. Storey was notable for mixing up traditional and regional architectural styles and it feels like a mixture of Craftsman and Arts & Crafts at work here. A fire actually damaged the 4-BR in 1978 but it just so happened that architect Robert H. Eyre was living in the adjacent Brehm Brothers House and ended up contributed to a restoration of the original design. Outside the garden has been kept in pristine shape and you'll get to know your next-door neighbor quite well since you share a common entry walk. We suppose that was the point of the dual design.

· 219 36th Ave E [Windermere]
· Brehm Brothers Houses [HL]
· Ellsworth Storey [Wiki]
· All Ellsworth Storey coverage [CS]