Today's post focuses on a classic 1916 Tudor Revival house in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood. I've lived and worked in this neighborhood for a long time, and I have to admit that I've spent years walking by this house, which sits in the middle of a triple city lot bounded by alleyways on two sides, the garden full of mature shrubs and Douglas firs, dreaming of what it would be like to live in. It was a mysterious house; the shutters were always closed tight and in years of passing by regularly I never saw anyone come or go. A few years ago it went on the market and the new owners began a substantial restoration and tasteful addition to fit their young family. I had previously talked with the architect who managed the restoration about how much I loved the home, and he invited me over to have a look at the windows. That said, please forgive the quality of the photos. I was visiting in the midst of an extensive restoration, so the lighting was poor and I had to take pictures around and through ladders. Let me tell you though, I was not disappointed. Right when you walk in the front door you pass this phoenix:
This window is really something, but it's only a taste of what awaits around the corner. The living room with its two story exposed truss roof, hand painted landscape murals, and massive brick fireplace with inglenooks is overlooked from a balcony off the master bedroom above.
Directly across from the entry is the fireplace.
Flanking the hearth is a pair of windows featuring Viking ships.
To the right of the entry, on the east wall, is a bank of windows with a morning glory motif and a mural above.
On the west end of the living room, near the fireplace, is a narrow staircase that climbs up to a small balcony. A large door and a pair of sidelights open to the master bedroom. The windows in this passage feature torches in the sidelights and a pair of dragons in the door. The balcony is pretty narrow, and on the other side of the door construction work was going on. Dust curtains made it difficult to get a good angle on these windows for photos, but check out the details. A lot of work went into forming perfect joints to highlight claws, eyes, and the tips of scroll work.
Finally, this little painted windmill scene once graced the kitchen, but was removed and turned into a piece of art illuminated by a built in light box in the new hall attaching the addition to the rest of the house.
This link shows some more complete photos of the interior when it was staged for sale, including a better view of that balcony, the original (!!!) kitchen, a lovely little breakfast nook, and some of the bedrooms, along with a little bit of the history of the home. This one was a real treat to visit, and this is still my prototypical dream house.