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Seattle Modern Home Tours

By September 6, 2013

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Seattle Modern Home Tours

It’s the weekend after Bumbershoot, but you didn’t think this would be an event-free weekend did you? Gracing Seattle once again is the Modern Home Tours, a self-guided tour of 8 contemporary homes n Seattle that exemplify modern living, many of which were designed by some of Seattle’s greatest architects. These 8 homes are private residences, and the homeowners have been gracious enough to open their doors to the public and let curious Seattleites see the exquisite interiors of their homes. Tickets are $40/person and can be purchased and picked up at any of the homes listed below.

Last year, Urban Living went on the modern home tour, but was only able to reach 3 of the 10 homes that were part of last year’s tour. Our advice is to start early and pace yourself, making sure to hit as many homes in one neighborhood as possible before moving on. It’s simply too difficult to backtrack.

When: Saturday, September 7, from 11:00am-5:00pm

Where: 8 homes throughout the Seattle area

Here are the 8 homes accepted and confirmed for the tour:

• The Dorsey Residence, by Coates Design Architects, on western Bainbridge
Island with a unique concrete “box” exterior, and a stunningly open interior

• The Ellis Residence, a second Coates Design Architects home on the eastern
Bainbridge Island that is LEED Platinum certified that serves as a model and
educational tool for future sustainable residential projects.

• A spacious unit in the Lake Union Loft condos, built in 2008 but renovated
in 2010 by Goodspeed Architecture, highlighted by incredible use of natural

• A third home by Coates Design Architects, located east of Green Lake, that
is just as impressive in size (4000 sq. ft.) as it is in modern design.

• A gorgeous, mid-century classic in the Lake Sammamish area, completely
redesigned in 2011 by Schemata Workshop Inc., with an amazing use of glass
that provides plenty of natural light and stunning views.

• The Reed Home, an iconic fixture in the Hilltop Community with amazing
views of Lake Washington and downtown Bellevue, originally built in 1957 by
Wendell Lovett and recently updated and redesigned by Schemata Workshop Inc.

• The Chin-Graham residence, a house re-designed by David Coleman and
located in the Magnolia neighborhood, that stands as a shining example of
repurposing older homes to reflect modern lifestyles in ways that are
sensitive to but not constrained by traditional forms.

• The Atrium house, a 1950 home located in Queen Anne Hill and recently
re-designed by Castanes Architects, that reveals stunning views of the
Cascades through floor-to-ceiling glass windows, features a unique glass
fireplace, and boasts a beautiful atrium at the center of its top-floor

Participating homes on the Seattle Modern Home Tour will open their doors to
tourgoers from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 7, in and around
Seattle, Washington. While the above descriptions tell you some of the
details, you have to see the photos to understand better what’s in store –
please visit the tour’s website: http://seattle.modernhometours.com.