Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Thiry, Paul, AIA, Architect (firm); Paul Albert Thiry Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1936

2 stories

330 35th Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98112-4924

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Thiry designed the house for himself and his mother; he originally wanted to do a much more radical design, but no financial institution would lend to him for such a project. He created a more conventional design, losing the original pilotis that would have elevated it above its site and producing it of wood framing rather than reinforced concrete. Despite his use of off-the-shelf, mass-produced products and his efforts to minimize construction labor, the house still ended up costing as much as a contemporary custom house. Thiry was able to save on building costs by serving as his own site manager. (See Meredith L. Clausen, "Paul Thiry The Emergence of Modernism in Northwest Architecture," Pacific Northwest Quarterly, 75:3, 07/1984, p. 134-136.)

Architect's own house; it occupied a hilly location near Washington Park in Seattle, WA.

PCAD id: 10517