Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Kirk, Paul Hayden, AIA (firm); Paul Hayden Kirk (architect); Spencer Blair Kirk (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1949-1950

2 stories

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725 32nd Avenue South
Mount Baker, Seattle, WA 98144

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Building History

Architect Paul Hayden Kirk (1914-1995) designed this house (the first of three) for his brother, Blair, who was two years older than he. A simple, post-and-beam dwelling, the Kirk House's west side had a sheltered patio; the prime view of Lake Washington and the Cascades lay to the east, and to maximize views, large plate glass windows lined this facade. The exterior was clad in cedar siding painted dark and cement-asbestos panels. Kirk designed another residence just to the north of the Blair Kirk House, completed in 1947.

Building Notes

The Washington Chapter, American Institute of Architects (AIA), gave the Blair Kirk House First Honor Award in the "Under $20,000 Class" on 06/05/1952. (See "Five Seattle Architects Given Honors," Seattle Times, 06/05/1952, page 24.)


The first house for Blair Kirk has undergone significant alterations. A balcony was added to the east (street-facing) facade, with a concrete sidewalk and staircase having been laid leading to 32nd Avenue South. A main entryway was added to the building's south end, where a chimney once stood.

PCAD id: 5570