AKA: 1600 East Boston Terrace House, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Thiry and Shay, Architects (firm); Alban Aurelius Shay (architect); Paul Albert Thiry Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1936-1937

2 stories, total floor area: 2,760 sq. ft.

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1600 East Boston Terrace
Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA 98112

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Building History

Seattle architect Paul Thiry, Sr., (1904-1993), designed this early Modern house for Percy K. Nichols (1900-1989) and his wife, Loyal Graef Treat Nichols (1906-2004), in 1936. Nichols, in 1933, worked as the Branch Manager of the La France Industries Seattle office at 1000 Lenora Street, a wholesaler of draperies and furniture coverings, and lived in a previous house at 521 36th Avenue North, The 1936 Nichols House has been called an early Seattle example of the International Style, although this would not be entirely accurate. It possessed a shallowly-pitched hipped roof rather than a flat one, a feature anathema to International Style proponents. It did have a light, volumetric appearance, a lack of traditional ornamentation, and window bands, in this case arrayed horizontally.

Building Notes

Percival K. Nichols married Loyal G. Treat on 07/10/1931, and the couple moved into this Modern residence about six years later. The Nichols House occupied a 151,000-square-foot (0.35-acre) lot,