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Summary for 18 Highland DR / Parcel ID 173180-0640 / Inv #

Historic Name: Strom, Roy E., House Common Name:
Style: Modern - International Style Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Built By: Year Built: 1965
 
Significance
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places.
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
This is an early example of the hallmark work of Ralph D. Anderson, a pioneer in Northwest Contemporary architecture. A later (1970) example of his work is near Parsons Garden at 1217 Willard Avenue West. These houses often sat on a concrete block base on a steep lot, with vertical cedar cladding and extensive glazing. This house was built for Roy Strom, an interior designer, who lived here until the 1980s, when the current owner purchased the house. This house is simple and unadorned, with strong verticality, wide overhangs and large expanses of glazing to let in light and enjoy the spectacular view. Anderson is one of Seattle's most prominent architects of the second half of the 20th century, responsible not only for developing a distinct style in modern residential architecture, but for important initiatives in preserving and restoring buildings in Pioneer Square in the 1970s-80s. His early preservation projects, including the Union Trust Building, the Grand Central and the Globe Hotel, set the stage for rehabilitation of the neighborhood.
 
Appearance
This strong contemporary design is notable for its strong vertical emphasis, sitting high above the garage and the street. It is a simple formal vertical box with monochromatic color. Entry is up a long flight of stairs to the east of the garage, winding through numerous trees and shrubs. The house has an L plan, with the entry at the angle of the ell, on the east side. Cladding is vertical boards with a concrete block chimney on the west. Two pairs of large floor-to-ceiling windows fill the south elevation on the front wing. Deep flat eaves and a brise soleil shade the southernmost bay. The rear section has large but slightly smaller windows, with some operable louver sections.

Detail for 18 Highland DR / Parcel ID 173180-0640 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Concrete Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Flat with Eaves Roof Material(s): Unknown
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Integrity
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
Reinartz, Kay F. Queen Anne: Community on the Hill. Seattle: Queen Anne Historical Society, 1993.

Photo collection for 18 Highland DR / Parcel ID 173180-0640 / Inv #


Photo taken Aug 16, 2004
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