Restoring Seaview Hall

Whether you are lovingly restoring a piece of Seattle’s history for the next chapter in your life or need to make some repairs in order to sell, I am knowledgeable in many facets of restoration and have resources to get the job done.

Home building is in my blood. My great uncle was one of Seattle’s great architects: Arthur Loveless (1873-1971) of Arthur Loveless Design. He designed some of the distinct English Tudor style homes seen in historic high-end areas such as Capitol Hill and Mount Baker. Many of the homes he created were done on a commission basis. He also designed more Greek Row houses around the University of Washington than any other architect including Zeta Psi and Beta Theta Pi Fraternities and the Delta Gamma Sorority. His most famous building was the Loveless Building, originally known as the Studio Building.  Some of the disguising features of his homes and buildings include brick, Romeo and Juliet balconies, and ballrooms – yes! Ballrooms! He is also well-known for designing the Pantages Mansion in Tacoma and the University of Washington architecture department has a special catalog of his work.

I was also privileged to become steward of an 1901 log house that was in need of restoration. I took that on with a passion, restoring it to its past glory in 19 months. This building was called Seaview Hall and it was actually built as a hotel near Alki Point when it was a tourist destination.

Seaview Hall

It was for sale in 2005 and I was the listing agent. It was in such a state of disrepair that 11 offers fell through before I decided to purchase the home and undergo a “This Old House” restoration. From log restoration, new foundations to restoring original doors, hardware, light fixture and replica windows, the challenge was to update the structure, foundation, and systems while creating a floor plan and amenities that are keeping with today’ modern lifestyle. The house was featured on the 2007 Homes with History tour.

Here are just a few of the resources I can provide you if you need work done on your home:

  • Gutter repair and restoration
  • Fireplace and masonry repair
  • Woodworking
  • Window craftsmen
  • Siding, baseboards, and molding craftsmen

My referral book includes true artisans, carpenters, and artists. Please reach out and let me know about your project.