How do you create a gracious elegant practical home for a modern family while respecting a historically significant Seattle home? Andrew Willatsen was a carpenter then draftsman at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Studio in 1902. By 1909 partnered with Francis Barry Byrne their studio opened in Seattle and was responsible for numerous notable homes, churches and commercial buildings. This Queen Anne home from 1912 is a quintessential Prairie School work with massing, deep eaves and moldings creating a strong horizontal composition. After years of deferred maintenance and an unfortunate partial demolition of a backyard wing, our intention was to restore the main house to its original grandeur. Construction included removing all doors, windows, siding and moldings down to the framing. Our client’s desires demanded a more open floor plan, replacing all plumbing, electrical and heating systems and orienting major rooms to their panoramic view of the City and Puget Sound. The new backyard addition is reminiscent of the original wing but serves as a much needed rec room and BBQ viewing deck.

Construction by Hammer + Hand