Category Archives: Arthur Loveless, Then and Now

Loveless Seward Park Home

This beautiful Loveless home was built right next door to his personal home in Seward Park. He purchased 5 properties and then sold them to clients that he designed homes for. This Tudor Revival style home highlights his signature design details such as the simple and unassuming entrance. His entrances had a quintessential English cottage with low height entrances sometimes surrounded by a step down of one or two simple steps. Another signature feature of a Loveless home was leaded glass windows, stained glass window rosettes and built in book cases. 

Situated on the shores of Lake Washington, this house originally had a sloping lawn all the way to the bank of the Lake. The property at one point was subdivided and a house was built on the lake front and a house on the street side was built leaving this house in the middle. It still has a very large lot with a circular driveway and a 3 car garage with apartment built up over. Extensive updates on the house all in keeping with the classic tudor style have been done with detail in mind.

Laurelhurst waterfront home

On a dead-end street in Laurelhurst sits a waterfront home that you might not even take note of. It sits low on the lot down a driveway with a weather-vane. The brick home has a rustic French look about it .It has an unusual brick exterior that we have not seen on any other Loveless homes before. When the exterior bricks were installed, the pattern is uneven on purpose and then white-washed to make it look like an aged farmhouse. It is a Loveless home with some of the most unique features we have come across. Most of his entrances are not oversized or grand. This front door is also not a conspicuous entry but once you enter the door, you step down into a foyer with a distinct character, multi-arched ceiling. You pass by an office and the staircase to the entry landing. From there, you step down again into the lovely and surprisingly large living room. The view is commanding and because the house sits up high on the shores of Lake Washington, you get the feeling that you are in a treehouse! To the right of the entry landing is the dining room and kitchen and kitchen eating nook. A terrace overlooking the Lake is accessed either from the living room or the dining room. The kitchen eating nook has typical Loveless built-in bookshelves and a barrel vaulted ceiling. We had never come across a barrel-vaulted ceiling before so this is another surprise in this Loveless home. The views and the property are spectacular with a zig zag trail that goes down to the level grass lawn. A covered boathouse sits out over the water. Once there, you can see a local eagles nest in the tree at the edge of the water. It’s inhabitant with babies is watched by all the neighbors. This house has another detail that we had not come across before.

The exterior bricks on the house were patterned in an irregular line creating a sense of age and settling like you might find in a old French farmhouse with a white-wash finish. Many of the Loveless homes we have seen are very classic Tudor Revival styled homes. This house has classic proportions in a clear departure from Tudor.

A Loveless designed home in Broadmoor

Arthur Loveless had a lot of contacts and a solid client base of well-to-do people who could afford custom built homes usually on view lots within the city. One of the most affluent areas was in a gated community called Broadmoor. With security gates, a golf course and a convenient location to downtown, residents of Broadmoor submit financial reports in order to obtain ownership in the community. Arthur Loveless designed 4 homes in the community.

This house was designed for the Anderson family in 1927. It was built in the Spanish Revival style and today is charming and elegant.

Built using  stucco and a red tiled roof, surrounded by Spanish tile fountains, pavers and black steel windows, this house has a character that is special and feels like you are in Hacienda style home. As you enter, a set of wooden double doors bring you into the tiled entry with a staircase that has Spanish tiles on the footers and original wrought iron hand railings. Beams at the ceiling add rustic charm to the house.  Signature Loveless features in nearly all of his homes are the distinction of room to room by a 2 step up or down creating separation of spaces and distinctive rooms which creates a coziness in each room. This house is no exception.  A step down into the living room from the main entrance hall creates a space that feels cozy yet connected.  A few steps back up into the dining room create a flow yet distinct rooms.

A beautiful example of how Loveless did not just stick with one distinct style and yet his signature features are present. One of my favorites to date.

Don Palmer Residence

Don Palmer was a well known UW track star athlete and later a Physician and then later, a Professor at the UW. He came from a prominent family. In he 1920’s, Arthur  purchased 5 plats of land in the Seward Park area and then he sold them to clients over time. One of them was Don Palmer. His mother was a founding member of the Lake Washington Garden Club and the Arboretum Foundation. Arthur, his sister and his parents were also avid master gardeners and might have known each other because of this common passion. The original gardens were designed by the Olmstead Brothers and much of their footprint still exists on the extensive grounds including a lily pond.

The property sits on acreage on the banks of Lake Washington and the house sits up from the waterfront leaving the actual waterfront undeveloped. There are 3 such waterfront properties remaining on all of Lake Washington. All 3 such waterfront lots are Loveless homes.

The house is a grand Tudor revivalist home in stucco and half-timber style with a tile roof. The first impression was like arriving at a European destination as you go down a long brick driveway with a chevron pattern. You have to pass under a brick arched garage to reach the house.

Inside are some of the signature features of many Loveless homes. A stone fireplace with a re-occurring design of grapes and leaves in the stone work. Stained glass medallions and rooms that you enter by going up or down 2 or 3 steps.

This house is beautiful and the current homeowner has taken great care to bring it up from obsolete plumbing and electrical systems and added in the garage and hired horticulturists to re-shape and reinvigorate the grounds.  A true gem of the Loveless legacy.

Wing Point Residence

Some properties are so special because of where they are and the effect they have on you that you just want to stay forever. This is one of those properties. If you have ever taken the Bainbridge ferry, then you have probably seen this home and the flagpole that marks the waterfront. Unassuming and peaceful, this house sits back and is protected by aging Madrona trees and a seawall.  Built in 1922 for the Fisher family, this house is a craftsman beauty. Wood beams and paneling are original to the house and at some point in time, had been “pickeled” which turned the wood gray. The owners had it meticulously restored to the original dark wood. It is a spacious 5 bedroom home that has a lot of built in features. It originally had two exterior front porches that faced the water and one of those porches has been enclosed and is now a sunroom. A second fireplace in a library area is a cozy room to curl up on a couch and enjoy. A large dining room as well. This house is a lovely example of a well built and large sized craftsman home. The land it sits on is extraordinary. Ferries go by and you almost feel as if they are going to hit the shore of this property. Just on the other side of the point is the amazing view of downtown Seattle. This property is very special. It has been in the same family since 1979 with no plans of ever selling or tearing down. 

Scripps Residence in Windermere

The Windermere neighborhood was late in being developed compared to other neighborhoods of Seattle. Much of it was wooded land when Lawrence Colman (Colman Dock, Colman pool, and Colman Building) decided to delve into land development. He purchased the first 8 plats of land in the Windermere neighborhood. The Street Windermere Rd was originally called Colman Ave. Because of a long standing working relationship with Arthur, Colman hired to design most if not all of the lots. We have not found 100% confirmation of all 8 homes, yet the style of the first 8 homes are distinctly Loveless in style and appearance.

The Scripps home is a waterfront estate sits on 1.5 acres of land. It was built in 1927 in the Tudor Revivalist style. Past residents include Lloyd Nordstrom. The house is over 5000 sq ft. It has a private study with a separate staircase that leads up to a bedroom suite. It has large entertainment size living and dining rooms with views from every room. The dining room has a wooden painted ceiling with beams. It has a 3 car garage and an extra apartment over the garage that was originally for the hired help. A trail leads down the property to the waterfront with dock. Plenty of parties and functions have been held at this home over the years. The current owners have lived in the house since 1969 and are passionate about sailing.

Tudor Revivalist style
Selfie with homeowner!

Darrah Corbet Residence: AIA award winner

By the time Arthur Loveless was hired to design the home for Darrah Corbet, his reputation was well established and he had developed a distinctive style. This house represents Arthur at the height of his career. Located in Washington Park, this house sits on a dead end street that is more like a small alley or lane and with a turn-around. This home is positioned to take in a great view (which has now been partially blocked by city trees) looking over towards Bellevue. The house is nearly 5000 sq ft and yet looks and feels very cozy and intimate. One of the first things you notice is the Juliet balcony that sits above the front door. The front door…. again is small and intimate and has an English cottage feel to it. On the wood of the balcony is another repeated favorite detail that Arthur used in some but not all of his designed homes. Grapes and grape-leaves. This house has it on the wood balcony and in the fireplace of the dining room. It also shows up in the Don Porter home in Seward Park, Holyhock House (his personal residence has grape motif in the dining room ceiling plaster, Laurentide has it in fireplace tiles and carved into the wooded staircase banister. This house has both rounded arched doors and hallways plus gothic pointed arched doors. Renovations to this house include the kitchen and a full scale lower level entertainment room which was designed by architects to keep the style of Loveless intact. Arthur won an AIA award for the design of this home and it remains one of his signature homes.

The Frank Pierce Residence

This house has a special story. This home is located in the Windermere neighborhood is has been extensively renovated by professionals who kept the style of Arthur Loveless in mind as they updated the home for today’s lifestyle. The family that took on the project did so because they loved the rooms and space that was already there and could take existing spaces and update them for today’s needs. Going there, it is hard to determine what is original and what has been renovated which is exactly what their intent was.  The history of the home is special. Arthur Loveless had a long relationship with Lawrence Colman, having designed a home for him plus a renovation of the Colman building and eventually, Colman dock. Colman also bought some of the earliest properties in the Windermere neighborhood and hired Loveless to develop those lots. This property has been confirmed to be the very first home built in the Windermere neighborhood and the very first inhabitant was Frank Pierce. It has a stunning view of Lake Washington looking south toward Madision Park and the 520 bridge. It has a lakefront cabana and a dock.  The current owners are very much preservation minded and are happy to be part of the Loveless legacy.  

The Shorett Residence

What could be a bigger treat than to visit the home where my grandfather grew up in? My great-grandparents John and Georgia Shorett had the home designed by Arthur in 1908. Georgia and Arthur were brother and sister and he followed them out to Seattle after he left Columbia University in 1906 or 1907. Because Georgia loved to garden, the house sits on a double lot where she could enjoy creating a special garden space. Today, the garden footprint is almost original according to the current owners who have lived in the house for 34 years and is a landscape designer herself. They are only the 3rd owner of the home. The house is not like the larger homes that Loveless became well known for in later years, yet it is quaint and charming. Going through the house, I could imagine my grandfather and his three other siblings coming and going in the house as young teens. It has an original butlers pantry and beautiful woodwork throughout.  The current owners are worried about selling the property because of the double lot might attract a developer who would find more value in the double lot than in the house. Preservation is a concern to them.

Laurentide – Lawrence Colman Residence

Few houses are grander than the house known as “Laurentide”. Designed in 1924 by Arthur Loveless for the Colman family. Colman as in Colman Dock, Colman Building and Colman Pool at Lincoln Park. A significant early Seattle family. Arthur had an early office listed in the Colman Building and in the 1920’s was hired to renovate the street level retail/bank portion of the Colman building on 1st and Marion. From there, we can only guess that this was the beginning of a long-lasting relationship with Loveless and Colman. Laurentide is located in West Seattle near the Fauntleroy ferry and when it was first built most likely had un-obstructed views of the ferries and Vashon Island. It sits on  near 5 acres hidden from the street with significant gardens and a circular driveway. It is a stucco and wood structure and for all it’s grandeur, has a signature feature of Loveless.. a very unassuming front door.. almost a cottage entry. It is grand on many levels with a huge entry hall with carved wood banisters and paneling, an elevator, a den with Batchelder tiles and built in curved bookcases. Upstairs most bedrooms have fireplaces and the entire top floor was originally for the staff with a back staircase leading to the service areas of the home. Oversized fireplaces, beams and stunning gardens makes this house truly special. The couple who now live in it bought it directly from the descendants of the Colman family who had been trying to sell the property with developers being the most interested parties who clearly had their sites set on developing the land. The Pierce family agreed to sell the property to the current owners with the one caveat of never selling off the land. Lucky for us, they agree in the preservation of this beautiful estate.