1911 Ellsworth Storey classic keeps regionalism alive for $869K

a combination of Swiss and Arts & Crafts using local materials, this is the kind of quintessential Storey Seattle home

When running down the history of Seattle architecture, any list of the city’s most notable architects has to include Ellsworth Prime Storey on it.

Remembered for being the father of Seattle regionalism, his designs where known for combining contemporary styles with local materials in order to create an architectural style unique to the area. His most famous creations include the Colman Park cottages (a.k.a. The Edward Storey Cottages) and the Sigma Nu fraternity house at UW. But there were plenty of single-family homes that bore his quintessential design as well, including the five-bedroom, 2.5-bath at 802 NE 72nd Street in Green Lake that just listed for $869K.

The broker babble refers to it as the “Louis Lear Green Lake House.” While we haven’t been able to corroborate that name, but we assume that it means the home was once lived in by Louis K. Lear, the president of Green Lake State Bank and Queen City Broadcasting Company (which would become KIRO).

As for the home itself, it has retained many of the original features (which would mean they’re 100+ years old). Those include box beams, window designs, and much of the local wood used throughout. What also remains a clear sense of the architectural style, a combination of Swiss and Arts & Crafts, both of which show up in other Storey designs.

The feature that probably stands out the most to us is the ceilings. Beautiful designs unique to each room, they really give a sense of place and add to the historical sensibility of the home. We’re also really digging that basement speakeasy bar setup and the covered front porch. Just not the kind of things you get these days.
· 802 NE 72nd Street [Estately]
· Ellsworth Storey [Wiki]
· Storey, Ellsworth Prime [HL]

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