Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

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

Dates: constructed 1956-1957

1 story

The Highlands, Shoreline, WA 98177

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Seattle architect planned this sprawling one-story house for Frank Gilbert and his wife, who had no children, as their retirement residence. Kirk set out to do two things in this house: first, fit it into the surrounding Douglas Fir forest so that there would be a minimum of upkeep for the owners; second, encircled by mature trees, Kirk configured the house to admit as much filtered light as possible, employing a continuous clerestory running the dwelling's full north-south length. This clerestory was designed to highlight exposed roof framing members and to allow subtle patterns of light and shadow to play on the off-white surface of the living room's plaster board ceiling.

Building Notes

The Gilberts enjoyed hunting, and to accommodate this interest, Kirk included a gun room on the south side of the house.

PCAD id: 8210