AKA: Cliff House, Freeland, Whidbey Island, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Bystrom, Arne, Architect (firm); Carl Arnold Bystrom (architect)

Dates: constructed 1977

727 East Windmill Drive
Mutiny Bay, Freeland, WA 98249

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Building History

Set on a family property 13 acres in size, architect Arne Bystrom created a two-story residential design that highlighted its wooden structure of posts, beams and trusses, self-consciously recalling barn construction. According to an article in the Architectural Record, "[Moore] wanted for this site a house of heavy timbers with a bedroom loft, a pitched roof, and 'lots of high space.' Mostly, though, she wanted a house that 'belonged' to the site. In working out the design, the architect was able to establish fine views to Puget Sound and to the Olympic Mountains without sacrificing trees of consequence or disturbing the land form in any significant way." (See "Moore House, Puget Sound, Washington, Arne Bystrom, Architect, Architectural Record, 167:6, Mid-May 1980, p. 102-105.) Roy Hegennes served as the building contractor for the Moore House; Ken MacInnes worked as Bystrom's associate on the project.

Building Notes

In the Appendix of Grant Hildebrand and William Booth's study, A Thriving Modernism, (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004), p. 148, the address for this house is given as "5440 Grigware Road;" this appears to be an error, as the owner, Peggy Moore, later offered the house as a rental property. The web site advertising Cliff House's rental, http://www.cliffhouse.net/cliffhouse.html, accessed 11/22/2010, provided the address, 727 Windmill Drive, Freeland, WA

PCAD id: 15823