Historic Preservation Meets Modern Community

The Homes of Fort Lawton, Seattle, Washington
Client:

Rise Properties

Size:

Montana Circle
13 Homes
Avg Home SF: 1,624 sf
Completed in October 2015

Officer’s Row
13 Homes
Avg Home SF: 4,777 sf
Completed in August 2016

Services:

Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture

Leadership Team:

Kimberly Frank, Mark Sindell, Michael Wishkoski

"A historic house that has been thoughtfully renovated to modern living standards while preserving its original character is quite an accomplishment. I have been very impressed with the improvements behind the walls as well as the visible craftsmanship in these homes.”

Ken Bryan, the first homeowner at Montana Circle

The Homes of Fort Lawton describes a landmark community of historic and authentic military housing that has been renovated to modern living standards while preserving each home’s original character. The project is surrounded by the natural beauty of Seattle’s Discovery Park, and conveniently located 15 minutes from downtown Seattle. These historic homes were originally built between 1899 and 1935 to process military personnel defending the coastline from a naval attack.

Divided into two parcels of thirteen – Montana Circle and Officer’s Row, the colonial-revival homes embrace the classic style while merging historical preservation requirements with modernized living needs. Rise Properties held a steadfast commitment to marrying these two goals while creating a place where a community of neighbors that share a passion for their legacy homes could exist in the midst of this tranquil park. These are not just homes for individuals, but a continuation of the site’s enduring story. Re-imagining these historic homes to be a place where a new community of homeowners could invest in the park and its future, together, was paramount.

Working closely with the City of Seattle’s Landmark Preservation Board, these compartmentalized homes were re-worked to meet modern day comforts while still allowing residents to appreciate the home’s inherent charm. Kitchens were opened up into living spaces with inclusive, casual dining, perfect for hosting parties. Large master suites with gracious bathrooms where possible and powder rooms made convenient to living spaces were arranged for homes. Modern amenities include high-end plumbing and electrical systems, as well as luxury appliances. To continue the old-world era motif, the preserved architectural and interior features include the unique tiled fireplaces and ornate mantels, original over-sized windows, the grand stairs with intricate molding, discreet servant stair connections, pinwheel attic windows, built in buffets in the server connections, and the inviting porches. A careful balancing between restorations and retrofitting ensured the Colonial Revival style was kept, offering equal parts modern and historic – a perfect blend of past and future.