Darrah Corbet Residence: AIA award winner

By the time Arthur Loveless was hired to design the home for Darrah Corbet, his reputation was well established and he had developed a distinctive style. This house represents Arthur at the height of his career. Located in Washington Park, this house sits on a dead end street that is more like a small alley or lane and with a turn-around. This home is positioned to take in a great view (which has now been partially blocked by city trees) looking over towards Bellevue. The house is nearly 5000 sq ft and yet looks and feels very cozy and intimate. One of the first things you notice is the Juliet balcony that sits above the front door. The front door…. again is small and intimate and has an English cottage feel to it. On the wood of the balcony is another repeated favorite detail that Arthur used in some but not all of his designed homes. Grapes and grape-leaves. This house has it on the wood balcony and in the fireplace of the dining room. It also shows up in the Don Porter home in Seward Park, Holyhock House (his personal residence has grape motif in the dining room ceiling plaster, Laurentide has it in fireplace tiles and carved into the wooded staircase banister. This house has both rounded arched doors and hallways plus gothic pointed arched doors. Renovations to this house include the kitchen and a full scale lower level entertainment room which was designed by architects to keep the style of Loveless intact. Arthur won an AIA award for the design of this home and it remains one of his signature homes.