Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home in Sammamish

See Seattle P.I. Article: http://www.seattlepi.com/realestate/article/Frank-Lloyd-Wright-Inspired-Home-in-Sammamish-6807521.php

Last week we profiled the restored Heron House, an architectural gem buried in the suburbs of Northgate. This home has a similar story, but with an even more prestigious architectural pedigree. 

This home at 21430 S.E. 24th St. was designed by acclaimed architect Milton Stricker. Stricker was an apprentice to perhaps the best-known architect of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright. He apprenticed with Wright in 1951, and his mentor’s influence is evident in Stricker’s work. This home embodies Wright’s “organic architecture” ethic, and seamlessly blends the outside with the inside. But it could have all been lost.

James and Barbara Taylor were the original owners of the home, but it fell into disrepair after James passed away and Barbara was moved into an assisted-living facility. The property was purchased by LimeLite Development in July 2015.

At first, no one realized the significance of the home. The property had been vacant for several years, said Will Heaton, a principal at LimeLite. The bushes and trees grew wild, obscuring the home from view. Inside, the home had moisture and drywall damage. 

“One of the neighbors told us they didn’t even realize there was a home on the property,” Heaton said. “We had no idea what we were dealing with.”

As they began work on the home, they learned of its storied past. 

“At that point, we changed our direction,” said Todd Karam, a coordinator at LimeLite. “It went from being a remodel project to a restoration and preservation project.”

The project took five months. They restored the original red concrete floors, preserved the millwork and polished up the cedar walls. The only major structural change was the removal of a kitchen wall. They also installed quartz counter tops, stainless steel appliances, new cabinetry and some new lighting and plumbing fixtures. Otherwise, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is largely the same as it was created in 1965.

“We upgraded the home to include some modern amenities, but we didn’t alter the design at all,” Karam said. “We really tried to stay true to the period.”

The home is built in the L-shaped Usonian style pioneered by Wright. It has a relatively flat roof, open floor plan and exposed brick walls. The home’s distinct character is like a snapshot in time, allowing buyers to own a special piece of architectural history.

“Our goal is to find a buyer who sees the home on the same level we do,” Karam said.

The property is listed for $879,000. You can see the full listing here.