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Discovery Park midcentury by a World’s Fair architect asks $1.9 million

Clean geometry defines this International Style home

The clean geometry extends to the home’s surroundings, letting the landscape fill in the gaps.
Brandy Gaebler, Clarity NW/Courtesy of 360 Modern

In his long career, architect Robert H. Dietz was the first AIA Seattle Honor Award recipient, the dean of the University of Washington School of Architecture, and one of the designers of the iconic, midcentury-futurist look of the Century 21 Exposition—better-known as the 1962 World’s Fair. He also lent his talents to many a midcentury modern home, including this breathtaking five-bedroom home just a block south of Discovery Park in Magnolia.

As listing broker Heidi Ward points out, the home is in the International Style, which isn’t especially common in the Northwest—made of minimalist, glassy cubes. Rather than be stark or boring, the design takes warmth from exposed wood slats and the lush landscape around it. A courtyard-forward design helps the interior feel like part of the environment, rather than apart from it. The glass panes that stretch from floor to ceiling remain unframed for a seamless transition.

The original aesthetic has been immaculately maintained by the current owner, who’s been in the home for 10 years, even finding vintage parts for repairs. While the design is minimalist, each space has its own identity, from the towering ceilings of the more formal living and dining area to the comfortable domesticity of the eat-in kitchen.

3455 38th Avenue W is on the market for $1.89 million.

In the formal living area, a centerpiece fireplace manages to stay minimalist while combining contrasting materials.
A central courtyard brings a tree inside the home’s geometry, and the dining area brings in the yard from a corner of truly floor-to-ceiling windows.
The eat-in kitchen, located just off a patio, is designed for family meals—and has plenty of built-ins.
The master suite combines minimalism and luxury with more of those glass walls—and a built-in headboard that separates bed from bath.
The den has a second fireplace and warm, wood paneling.
A patio off the family room adds an extra layer to the outdoor spaces.