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Midcentury home with Northwest Contemporary vibes asks $2 million in Madison Park

Wood paneling for days

Gardens border the home’s front entry.
Alex Korobov, Vuzario Inc.

Seattle’s explosion of midcentury homes, a very pretty side effect of the Boeing boom, are often in a kind of regional style, built to nestle in hillsides among evergreen trees. It’s a perfect jumping-off point for Northwest Contemporary architecture to really emerge, taking those low-key, nature-forward designs and wood accents and applying them to soaring ceilings, creative window banks, and some later style trends.

This four-bedroom home built in 1964 in Madison Park sits right before that point of transition, with the design hallmarks of many a Seattle-area midcentury, like dramatic-but-minimalist wood paneling, asymmetrical vaulted ceilings, and two iconic fireplaces of the era: one tall, stone fireplace, another freestanding. Some work from the 1980s adds some texture from later eras.

The home was designed by Barden Erickson, one of the founders of architecture firm Calliston—now Calliston RKTL—before a long career at Nordstrom as a store architect and planner, eventually rising to VP. So far, it’s just had one owner. It was featured in the Seattle Times twice: once shortly after its construction as Home of the Month, and again as a Sunday pictorial in 1968.

2215 40th Avenue E was first listed back in January but was staged and relisted in late April for $2.05 million through Just Real Seattle.

Wood paneling warms up the home’s formal entertaining spaces, including a semi-open dining room and sitting area.
The dining area includes built-in buffet with a connection to the kitchen.
A classic stone fireplace is constructed from basalt quarried in Eastern Washington.
A more contemporary bay with a window bench lines the kitchen, part of a 1980s remodel and expansion.
The master suite has its own vaulted ceilings with exposed beam. Other bedrooms include wood paneling or their own vaulted ceiling.
A larger rec room includes quarry-tile floors, hemlock paneling, a statement fireplace similar to the one pictured in the home in the 1960s, and a pass-through window to the kitchen.