Lionel Pries Home Tour
Sunday 25th Aug 2013
at The Barksdale residence
Address and directions will be sent to registrants prior to tour
Put on by Historic Seattle
Julian and Marajane Barksdale Residence
Tour this Lionel Pries-designed Seattle landmark, constructed as an extraordinary example of Northwest regional/postwar Modern architecture.
University of Washington Geology Professor Julian Barksdale and wife Marajane, an art teacher in the Seattle schools, acquired their Cedar Park property in Northeast Seattle in the mid 1930s. During World War II, while serving in the Pacific, Julian Barksdale met UW architecture graduate A. Quincy Jones, who recommended Barksdale speak to Professor Lionel H. ("Spike") Pries about the property. In 1948-49 Pries designed a complete make-over that transformed the existing cottage on the site into an extraordinary early example of Northwest regional Modern architecture. Construction was completed, and the Barksdales moved in by fall 1950. In 1954, Pries designed a small addition that was completed the next year. Because the house remained in the ownership of the Barksdale family until 2006, it is almost completely unchanged since 1955. Since 2006, the new owners have worked to preserve the house and have secured its designation as a Seattle Landmark. With its siting, views to Lake Washington, use of natural materials and indoor-outdoor spatial relationships, the Barksdale house is a notable work of the early postwar phase of regional Modern architecture as well as an exemplary project of Lionel Pries. It’s also a perfect place to enjoy summer time overlooking Lake Washington in Seattle.
General Admission: $45