Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Kirk, Paul Hayden, AIA (firm); Paul Hayden Kirk (architect)

Dates: constructed 1951

1 story, total floor area: 1,500 sq. ft.

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15804 High Bridge Road
Monroe, WA 98272

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Building History

Renowned Seattle architect Paul Hayden Kirk (1914-1995) designed this small Modern farmhouse for a retired insurance man, Le Roy Fredrick Caverly (born 03/31/1909 in Edmonds, WA). Kirk and Caverly were classmates at the University of Washington, but had fallen out of touch over the years. Caverly liked the Modern architecture being featured in local newspapers and national publications. An article in the Seattle Times/Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Pacific Magazine of 10/201985 stated: "Even today, Caverly's Snohomish County home is an anomaly among the neighboring barns and farmhouses. And while the home's design no longer amazes, it technology no longer produces gasps, the thought and attention to detail that distinguished it in 1951 still shine through. Caverly decided to build the home after retiring from the insurance business. He contacted the owners of houses he admired, only to find that many of them were the work of architect Paul Hayden Kirk, an old acquaintance from his days at the University of Washington. The two renewed their friendship, and the result was the 1500-square-foot residence. The home is essentially two rooms: an open plan main floor and a lofted bedroom above. 'We wanted a house that was open so you didn't have a lot of rooms cutting you up,' Caverly says." (See Fred Albert, "Surviving the Test of Time," Seattle Times/Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Pacific Magazine, 10/20/1985, p. 16-19.)

Caverly married thrice, the first time on 04/08/1938 in Seattle, WA, to Katherine Christie Buschmann (1919-2012).

His second marriage occurred on 06/08/1951 to Bernice D. Strahl in King County, WA, when he was 39 years old. (See King County Marriage Records, 1855-Present - Le Roy Caverly - Bernice D Strahl, King County Marriage Records, 1855-Present, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives,, accessed 06/25/2019.) In 1951, he made a transition in life, moving from Seattle to Monroe, a small agricultural town. During the 1950s, he was the Vice-President and Manager of the Insurance Department of Burwell and Morford in Seattle, a company that dealt in real estate, mortgages and other types of finance, while his wife worked as a merchandise manager for the Frederick and Nelson Department Store. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1957, p. 250.)

He and Bernice divorced on 09/27/1973 after 22 years of marriage. (See, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington, accessed 06/25/2019.)

He later married Jeanne Kulow Headrick on 11/13/1984 in Snohomish County, WA. (See Department of Health, Marriage Index, 1969-2017 - Caverly - Leroy - F - Et Al., Department of Health, Marriage Index, 1969-2017, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives,, accessed 06/25/2019.)

PCAD id: 4700