Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Reichert, Robert, Architect (firm); Ira L. Gross (engineer); Robert George Reichert (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

1500 Lakeview Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102-4203

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Building History

Historic Seattle restored the house and owned it c. 2008.

Building Notes

In 05/1979, the Egan House was offered for sale for $109,500. The sales ad for Albright Realty in the Seattle Times, said of it: "A home created ahead of its time! Architecturally designed by Robert Reichert Jr. in 1957, this home was possibly one of Seattle's first Contemporaries. You've probably seen it as you drive along Lake View Boulevard and commented on its originality. Now, you can own it." (See "Albright Realty Inc. Ad," Seattle Times, 05/20/1979, p. D4.)

Reichert created at least three preliminary designs for the Egan House; in 1959, it cost $10,762 to construct. On August 17, 2008, Historic Seattle staged, "1958-2008 Fifty years of the Egan House," from 1-5 PM, a celebration of the house's history and Historic Seattle's involvement with its preservation.

Alteration

A second story deck--originally built in the summer of 1987-- had deteriorated seriously by 2008; I.L. Gross Engineers and James Sprague of Sprague Construction, worked on the renovation of this 250-foot deck, replacing 15-foot support beams. As Historic Seattle wrote in its newsletter of January 2009, "The project scope of work included small details that should negate future detioration and structural compromise. Flasjing was installed on the two new support beams and new ledger, and pressure treated framing and composite Tre decking was used. Structural upgrades included increasing the size of the metal support posts' concrete foundation and adding metal strapping to structurally tie the two new support beams to the wall framing of the Egan House." (See "At the Properties, Egan House Deck Replacement Project," Preservation News, vol. 35: no. 1, 01/2009, p. 7.)

Demolition

The Egan House was seriously threatened by demolition in 1989.

PCAD id: 8399