Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Datin, T.A., Building Contractor (firm); McAdoo, Benjamin F., Jr., Architect (firm); Morgan, Arthur, Incorporated, Interior Design (firm); T. A. Datin (building contractor); Benjamin Franklin McAdoo Jr. (architect); Arthur Morgan (interior designer)

Dates: constructed 1954-1955

1 story

4107 83rd Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040-4013

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Herbert L. Rivkin (born 1927 in Seattle, WA) belonged to a family that operated a notable Westlake jewelry store in Downtown Seattle at 4th Avenue and Pike Street. His father, Fivus S. Rivkin (born c. 1900 in MI), started the business in 1948. Herbert and his wife worked with architect Benjamin McAdoo (1920-1981) to design a residence to accommodate a family of four that included two children, Tracy and Brian, who were 21 months and 4 respectively. Arthur Morgan, Incorporated, designed the Rivkin House's interiors originally. T.A. Datin was the building contractor.

The Seattle Times and the American Institute of Architects, Washington Chapter, selected McAdoo's Rivkin House to be the "Home of the Month" for 09/1955. (See Margery R. Phillips, "Home of the Month: Spacious Living," Seattle Times, 09/25/1955, p. 35). The residence had a L-shaped plan, with 3 bedrooms, a hallway and two baths occupying the L's foot, and an en suite succession of living, dining, kitchen and family rooms located in the L's stem. Notable was the dwelling's semi-circular driveway which led to a carport located directly in front of the main entry. The foyer and dining room were floored with field stone. In 2012, the residence still occupied a 35,000-acre lot.

PCAD id: 10483