AKA: Living for Young Homemakers Model House, Medina, WA; Russell, John, House, Medina, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Kirk, Paul Hayden, AIA (firm); Robinson Homes, Incorporated (firm); Paul Hayden Kirk (architect); Richard Robinson (building contractor/developer)

Dates: constructed 1956

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107 Overlake Drive East
Medina, WA 98039

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Living For Young Homemakers Magazine collaborated with local utility companies to fund 12 houses across the US as part of the Electri-Living Program in 1956. Like the other 11 architects and developers in the program, Paul Hayden Kirk and the builder, Robinson Homes, Incorporated, were provided $18,000 and given three basic guidelines for the competition: 1.) the house needed to suit a couple with two-four children; 2.) its wiring had to support an array of electrical appliances then on the market; 3.) it had to be reproducible by tract-house developers. A house in Houston, TX, design by the young architect Harwood Taylor for his own family, won the contest.

The Russell House received an award from the American Institute of Architects and House Beautiful magazine, 1957, a Living for Young Homemakers Editors Award and an AIA/Sunset Magazine, Honor Award, 1957. In the "Merchant Built" category, the Electri-living Home was cited as one of the seven best houses in the West by the American Institute of Architects and Sunset. The jury for this award program was itself stellar: George Pardee, a builder; Harwell H. Harris, architect and educator; Thomas D. Church, San Francisco landscape architect; Gardner Dailey, FAIA, San Francisco architect; Charles Eames, architect and designer; Carl Koch, Boston architect and Jury Chairman.

PCAD id: 15887