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Paul Kirk Remodel Tells the Story of Seattle Design History

Quite a history behind this 3-BR Craftsman that recently hit the market in Madrona for $890K. Originally built in 1905, the home was purchased in 1948 by John Spaeth, who had just arrived in town to become Seattle's planing director, a job he held until 1971. When he wasn't overseeing the 1956 Seattle Comprehensive Plan, Spaeth hired noted architect Paul Kirk to come in and give the residence a remodel. Kirk worked his magic and now the 2,360 square-foot house is a midcentury modern in disguise. Kirk's trademark complex structural detailing is on display and the Shoji screens give the design an Asian influence.
Huge living area windows take full advantage of the water & mountain views. Down below, what appears to be a converted basement that can be a 50's hangout or an extra bedroom. On the open market for the first time since Spaeth and wife Barbara purchased, it's a home that spans the architectural history of Seattle and also bears the mark of two people imminently responsible for how the city looks today.

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· History of Urban Planning in Seattle [SP]
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