Other People’s Homes: Splendor in Spokane

16 Jul

I’m a city girl.  I can’t help it.  Even Seattle seems smallish to me.  So imagine my surprise when I had a moment of…’Hey, let’s move to Spokane!’  After you see this house, you will understand why.  I am usually drooling over those California mid-centuries, so it’s really nice to see this enviable one here in the Pacific Northwest.  Enjoy the Ferris Home by Bruce Walker.

(Via 2Modern)

How about some Mid-Century Modern-ness this lovely Monday?!!? We’ve got the gorgeous photos of a house in Spokane, Washington, designed in 1954 and built in 1955. It’s considered by many to be the best example of Mid-Century design in Spokane, but also the best example of work done by MCM architect Bruce Walker. Known as the Ferris House, it’s located on East 16th Avenue.

Educated at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Walker was influenced by Marcel Breuer, as well as Southern California designers like Craig Ellwood, Gregory Ain, Raphael Soriano and Charles Eames.

The landscape was designed by Lawrence Halprin, who was very highly regarded even in the mid-50’s. and is considered by many to be a master of American landscape architects. He designed the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC among other projects.

The home’s architecture is of Harvard Post and Beam design/construction and the stunningness of the structure easily extends to the inside, where warm woods and stylish details make the home seem like it goes on forever.

Sam Ferris, of Ferris & Ferris, emailed us this home, and had the lucky privilege of growing up in this space. Can you imagine the kind of style tastes you would have inherited?!

The house was featured in the May 1961 issue of Sunset Magazine and was repeatedly featured in Sunset’s “Ideas for Planning Your New Home” book published throughout the 60’s and 70’s. There’s an information website dedicated to this wonderful structure, and you can read more about the home here.

What do you think about this great Mid-Century Modern house?!?

Images: J. Craig Sweat Photographer, 2012

18 Responses to “Other People’s Homes: Splendor in Spokane”

  1. kate September 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    I live in Spokane and we discovered this house the other day by accident (we were lost). Since I’m a mid-century modern house fanatic, I googled it (which is how I found your post). It didn’t impress me that much from outside (not a fan of brick) but the interior and the lot is stunning! Hope it sells to someone who will appreciate it!

  2. Gabriela Teixeira September 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    The kitchen is absolutely fantastic. And so is the ceiling.

  3. modernmaggie July 18, 2012 at 4:24 am #

    That kitchen is amazing…

  4. Roger J. Morris July 17, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Drooling! All that wood really warms up the interior. And Spokane! Who knew?!?!

  5. Rebecca July 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    I like the bursts of color with the warm wood. The bright color panels in the landscaping are a nice dramatic affect. Such a sense of balance and peacefulness in the house.

  6. Dana@Mid2Mod July 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Everything about the home is beautiful, inside and out. The ceilings, the paneling, the brick floors, the colored panels outside. Wow!

    • July 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

      Totally perfect! The girls and I just watched the videos from the link at the end. I am so inspired right now I might not sleep.

  7. Jacque July 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Absolutely delicious!

  8. House Crazy Sarah July 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    wow – fab house! The kitchen is amazing!

  9. Samantha July 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Just gorgeous. I love the exposed red brick.

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