Iconic Architects

Property Watch: A High-Design Home in the Trees

A Frank Lloyd Wright disciple built this geometric wonder—and loved it so much he lived there himself.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd August 11, 2021

Image: Jolene Winter

Seattle is pretty short on Frank Lloyd Wright homes—there are only three in the entire state of Washington. But the iconic architect still left a pretty huge mark on our architecture through his local student, Milton Stricker. In the middle of the century, Stricker became known for homes and churches in his distinct aesthetic: the clean lines and deference to nature of a Northwest Modern, but with more geometrically-complex floor plans.

Stricker built this 1991 home in Mount Baker on spec, but his family, who had been living nearby, fell in love with it. Stricker's wife only sold the home to its current residents less than a decade ago, so it hasn’t strayed much from its original vision, with plenty of wood paneling and stained glass (you can see the previous listing for comparison). It even has some original furniture, including a coffee table that matches the ceiling angles in the living room as well as a Frank Lloyd Wright replica dining set. It even comes with a few mementos, including one of Stricker’s office plaques and his very first piece of millwork from 1942, when he would have been a teenager—dated and initialed.

Image: Jolene Winter

According to the current owners, modifications to the home were designed by Stricker himself to increase access when he started to experience mobility challenges in the 2000s, like a wider front door and a high-design elevator with wood paneling and a little decorative shelf. He spent his last years in the accessory dwelling unit on the first floor.

Image: Jolene Winter

The house was purposefully built into the hillside with little to no excavation, with a tower of pointed balconies with built-in benches on one corner, peeking out through the dense trees around it. Both the floor plan and landscaping wind along the slope, the latter with small paths and stairs connecting myriad outdoor spaces. Directly inside the front entry on the second floor, an open stairwell travels the height of the house. Above, find an open kitchen, dining area, and living room with high, sloping ceilings and a fireplace that makes early 1990s design hallmarks look dignified.

Image: Jolene Winter

The top floor is also home to an elaborate bedroom suite with its own private balcony and careful architectural detail, dotted with small stained-glass windows. Outside, low-maintenance landscaping and wide decks are designed to blend in with the natural setting. Stairs separate the street above and the forest below.

Two images side-by-side. One is a diamond shaped office plaque that says "Milton Stricker Office Studio." The other is a large piece of flat, square wood that says "M.S. 1942"

Image: Jolene Winter

Listing Fast Facts

3211 S Massachusetts St
Size: 2,340 square feet/5,160 square feet, 3 bedroom/3.5 bath
List Date: 8/6/2021
List Price: $1,250,000
Listing Agents: Samira Moshtagh, Rising Realty

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