Ellsworth Prime Storey was a major part of Seattle architectural history. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in Chicago, Storey brought a heavy Arts and Crafts influence to his prolific work in the Pacific Northwest—along with a love of Swiss ski chalets.
The sensibilities at the core of his work definitely show through in this 1916 Mount Baker manse. The attention to detail starts at the exterior, with stucco walls, leaded glass windows, a steep, asymmetrical roofline and large, brick-lined decks and patios overlooking the grounds.
Inside, the home balances both grand spaces and little nooks. In the living area, an impressive white stone fireplace with a thick mantle anchors a cozy, but formal, space. Through an archway, a formal dining space is lined on one side by a built-in window bench and on another wall by an alcove.
The kitchen follows this same aesthetic: It’s built to make an impression, but carves out a distinct little space with an arched breakfast nook.
The ground floor also contains a library or den for even more gathering space.
Upstairs, five bedrooms each have a distinct identity, but it’s the master that makes the biggest impression, with an en-suite bath with a skylight and, through a pair of leaded glass French doors, a large deck with lake views.
The basement is its own kind of retreat, lined with wood grain and plenty of built-in benches—even a built-in bar. A large wine cellar is well-placed by the lounge.
The home is listed for $1.89 million.
- Mt Baker Area Residential [Windermere]