Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Ayer and Lamping, Architects (firm); Elizabeth Ayer (architect)

Dates: constructed 1903

Seattle, WA

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Raisbeck was an engineer, car aficionado and owner of Raisbeck Engineering.

The house had a six-car garage, probably added by the automobile collector, Raisbeck. In 1985, the living room measured 18 feet by 30 feet.

Seattle architect, Elizabeth Ayer, renovated the house in the mid-1930s. According to a newspaper report of 1985: "She added a dramatic three-story open spiral staircase that cascades down into the front foyer, which has a parquet floor 12 feet wide and 30 feet long. From the entrance, you can look through glass in doorways at the other end of the foyer and see Lake Washington." (See Larry Brown, "The North--Only Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler are missing from this Georgian Colonial Mansion," Seattle Times, 12/08/1985, p. 53.) The house was also remodeled in the mid-1970s. The 1985 article indicated, "In the mid-1970s the home was renovated and restored, with modern wiring and plumbing installed. The waqlls [sic] of the dining room were painted by a Seattle artist, Charles Beresford, in 1974. He gave it the feeling of being in the gazebo of a large outdoor garden, surrounded by greenery." Raisbeck, who bought the house in 1976, also added an entertainment area (on a covered backyard proch) with a spa and brick barbecue, in which he placed an iron railing and bannisters salvaged from Seattle's Olympic Hotel, later known as the Fairmont Olympic.

PCAD id: 10544