UP TILL 1957, Seattle architect Paul Hayden Kirk designed homes in the International Style: flat roofs, rectangular forms, windows all in a line. And yet here is Frances Locke’s house in Seward Park, a Kirk split-level built in 1952, with its V-shaped roof hovering above the house. Inside, the rooms follow the L-shape of the split-level’s frame; Kirk separated them with brief, zigzagging sets of stairs. From upstairs into...

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