Artfully Refashioned Mid-Century Classic
Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?"
A Seamless Blend of Old and New.
Heron House is a private woodland creekside sanctuary designed in 1952 by Albert Fenwick Simonson and refashioned for 2016 by House Healers. The ingenious restoration artfully blends classic and original mid-century elements with a collection of historical architectural artifacts showcasing a century of Pacific Northwest history. Designed and sited to revel in two totally private Pacific Northwest woodland lots, Heron House is happily placed several blocks from world-class conveniences including a new regional transit hub.
Upland Level: Rough and Smooth.
Heron House's forested approach and soothing sounds of Thornton and Victory Creeks brings solace from a busy, noisy world. Inside, original cathedral ceilings finished in cedar, together with supple gray oak flooring and slate accents, define a generously proportioned main level. The architect's colossal "wedge" fireplace - a sculptural form of a brick, copper, and mahogany - stands as a signature sentinel, while the classic 1950's picture windows grant 360-degree views of the woodland setting.
A dramatic chef's kitchen suggests casual dining as well as grand fêtes. Its centerpiece island, hewn from the hip of a Washington Sequoia redwood tree with live-edge, easily accommodates four or more, even while sharing its surface with a hefty 4 -burner Wolf range. Ample kitchen counters of cast concrete are illuminated by both LED. Under-cabinet lighting as well as by the array of vintage headlight-style theatrical lighting decorate all the living areas.
The forest dining room enjoys 240-degree views of the private estate-like grounds through walls of glass that open to a 200' cedar deck with Mineral finish, cantilevered posts, and exposed copper pipe and nail detailing. Its alternating smooth and rough surfaces reflect the rural surroundings and will neatly weather in the years to come.
Bold black steel double doors, salvaged from Seattle's historic Calhoun Hotel (now the Palladian Hotel), herald access to a decadent main-floor master suite. Here you will find enchanting spaces to rest and relax: A cantilevered window seat and glass deck door underscores the privacy and silence of the forest that envelopes you. Coveting corner windows, a Japanese-style soaking tub. Beyond, the master bathroom's sink vanity is crafted from the Brutalist Mosaic Sideboard by Lane Furniture in the style of Paul Evans .
Creekside Level: Zen-Inspired.
A dramatic stairway with original chandelier-sculpturally crafted by House Healers-connects the upper and lower levels. This transitional vestibule features a slate floor, an undulating rough-cut cedar planking, a repurposed industrial door salvaged from Seattle's original Filson clothing factory (which outfitted the Klondike Gold Rush as early as 1897), and the house's original sputnik ceiling fixture.
The lower level includes the media room, two secondary bedrooms, a shared bathroom, laundry room and the home's library/den. Finishes & details here include extensive new bamboo tile & polished concrete flooring, original wooden ceiling, a substantial wood-burning fireplace, bath vanity fashioned from a school cabinet from McCarver Elementary School in Tacoma, WA and two large wall cabinet built-ins fashioned from cabinets from West Seattle’s Arbor Heights High School.
A 400 SF two-car detached garage with level access to the main floor features cedar walls, vaulted ceiling and gallery windows overlooking the grounds, making it suitable for a workshop or studio.
New Kitchens and Bathrooms.
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