X

Historic Italianate residence gets remarkable transformation in Seattle

historic-italianate-residence-exterior

This historic Italianate residence is landmark home completely renovated by Stuart Silk Architects, located in the Harvard-Belmont Landmark District, a part of Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington. The new owners of this five-floor home sought out an architect who would respect their home’s historic exterior, yet bring a modern sensibility to the interiors, which had long ago been compromised through a series of ill-conceived remodels.

The palazzo-style residence—built-in 1910 (one year after the famed Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and designed by Washington, D.C. architects Hornblower and Marshall)—had been commissioned by noted entrepreneur, lawyer, and railroad executive Samuel R. Hill. The five-story, 11,000-square-foot home is built entirely of cast-in-place concrete. Unique in construction, the house is thought to be the oldest of its kind on the west coast.

Project Team: Architecture: Stuart Silk Architects | Interior Design: Garrett Cord Warner | Landscape: AHBL (led by Richard Hartlage now of Land Morphology) | Construction: Charter Construction | Structural: Quantum Consulting Engineers

Furnishings/Materials: Furniture: Mike Danielson Studio, Claudio Bellini, Holly Hunt, Jean de Merry | Carpets: Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets | Custom Lighting Design: Stephen Hirt and Chico Raskey | Appliances: Miele, Sub Zero | Plumbing Fixtures: Dornbach | Art: Chuck Close, Guy Anderson | AV: Madrona Digital

historic-italianate-residence-exterior

Channeling the innovative spirit of the home’s original construction and owner, a strategy was devised to bring the home into the 21st century. The multi-phased approach involved preserving as much of the exterior of the house as possible while re-envisioning the floor plans of each of the five floors for contemporary living.

The carriage house, originally below the house itself, was transformed to create an exercise space. Original board-formed concrete walls were left exposed and cleaned up while fir beams were repurposed for the cantilevered staircase, which was “carpeted” with blackened steel. The highlight of the exercise area is the glass-enclosed spa lined with Brazilian granite in emerald and blue hues that sparkle like a piece of jewelry.

transitional-staircase

Occupying a one-acre site, the property provides expansive views across Lake Union to the Olympic Mountains. Despite numerous remodels since its original construction, the interiors were a rabbit warren of spaces that defied logic, were poorly connected to the gardens and views, and unsuited to contemporary living.

“This was a large undertaking, consisting of five different phases that lasted over a period of eight years. Our clients appreciated our sensitivity to historic architecture, our love for modern design, and our willingness to weave them into a seamless expression,” notes architect Stuart Silk.

transitional-living-room

In response to the chaotic layout, main floor rooms were opened to create an interconnected plan that flows seamlessly from one space to another. Two large windows were inserted into the north side of the home to introduce views and light deep into the house.

Each of the other floors was reorganized to better respond to the family’s specific needs and to take advantage of the sweeping vistas of Lake Union, the city, and the Olympic Mountains from windows and terraces. “Given the hilltop location, views are everywhere, so framing those views and taking advantage of them was a critical element of the design,” notes Silk.

transitional-staircase-light-fixture

Important historic elements were retained and showcased, including the original fir beams in the basement and, notably, the four diamond-patterned structural iron columns, which feature rivets and webbing. The historic paneling and coffering are made of quarter-sawn white oak. Custom chandeliers in the entry, dining room and kitchen were designed by Stephen Hirt and Chico Raskey.

transitional-hall

What We Love: This historic Italianate residence features a preserved exterior facade that opens to beautifully revived interiors. A reorganization of major living spaces offers a fresh new design that is open and airy. Interior finishes and furnishings are contemporary yet respectful of this home’s past, while reminders of history can be witnessed in the original steel trestle-shaped columns. This provides a contrast to the sophisticated design scheme.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the preservation and redesign of this historic landmark home? What details in the design stood out to you and why in the Comments below!

Note: Take a look at a couple of our most popular home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Stuart Silk Architects: Contemporary shingle style house on the shores of Lake Washington and Mercer Island residence becomes open and functional home.

transitional-hall

transitional-kitchen

Above: An eighteen-foot- long island of Italian marble with burnished nickel legs is the focal point of the kitchen.

transitional-dining-room

transitional-dining-room

transitional-living-room

transitional-family-room

contemporary-powder-room

transitional-bathroom

Above: Floor-to-ceiling sheets of blackened steel panels line the hallways, concealing doors to the powder room and laundry room.

transitional-family-room

transitional-bedroom

contemporary-staircase

transitional-basement-vault

transitional-basement-bar

Above: The door from the Diebold home safe was meticulously restored and re-purposed to become the door to the wine room.

transitional-family-room

Above: The family room features a custom-designed, hand-carved basalt coffee table.

transitional-home-bar

historic-italianate-residence-pool

historic-italianate-residence-pool

historic-italianate-residence-patio

Above: The rooftop terrace provides 180-degree views of city, mountains and nearby St. Marks’s Cathedral (an iconic Seattle landmark). The terrace includes two fire pits and a glass-covered trellis for use in less-than-perfect conditions.

historic-italianate-residence-patio

historic-italianate-residence-patio

historic-italianate-residence-patio

historic-italianate-residence-exterior

historic-italianate-residence-exterior

historic-italianate-residence-exterior

historic-italianate-residence-exterior-before-renovation

Above: Historic image of this Italianate residence.

Photos: Andrew Giammarco

One Kindesign has received this project from our submissions page. If you have a project you would like to submit, please visit our submit your work page for consideration! 

You are reading an article curated by https://onekindesign.com/

Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments