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.