Name: Capitol Hill Foursquare Edition
Location: Seattle, WA
Scope: Addition to and major renovation of a 1910s
Foursquare house in Seattle's Capitol Hill
neighborhood, including opening up the
ground floor of the house completely to create
one open loft-like space.
Area: 4000 SF
Architect: Paul Michael Davis
Structural: Karl Rosman
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Capitol Hill Four Square Edition
After living in a large modern house for many years, a Seattle family of four bought a 1901 craftsman foursquare:
"The Four-Square, or "box" as it is sometimes called has a simple,
square plan, with a room in each corner, and a low-pitched, pyramidal
roof. . . The Four-Square design was spread nationally by pattern
books, and there were several variations sold by Sears, Roebuck and
Source: Caroline T. Swope: Classic Houses of Seattle, page 168
Our clients loved the classic exterior of the house, which sits on a fine Seattle Avenue. But the interior detials had been stripped over the years, and anyway, they wanted a fresh, minimalist interior that highlighted their eclectic collection of contemporary art.
We responded with a design that preserves the massing of the house, but adding a new, unapologetically modern addition that flanks the east and south sides. We opened up the main floor of the house completely to transform the small, specific use living spaces into an open loft with exposed steel beams in place of the formerly load bearing walls. The upper levels remain mostly intact, with the exception of a master suite, which has been enlarged with a new corner window bay, angled to show its modern provenance.