Here is a link to the article: http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=532069
“I think people often make the mistake of confusing context with character. The character of a neighborhood is set typically when it is first developed. In Queen Anne’s case, this would be the early 1900s,” he said. “Craftsman homes on [the] hill were originally designed and built based on the tools, skills of craftsman, and as a reflection of the time… Context evolves, Queen Anne has become a very busy (especially Queen Anne Avenue) urban neighborhood, building technologies have changed, family dynamics have changed. The Sterling Residence had to consider what Queen Anne is now, what lifestyle and technologies exist.”
From this point, “what Queen Anne is now,” we need not make more steps. We can stop here. Sterling Residence is ultimately urban. It does not pretend to be in a small town, to be in the middle of the country, to be about the kind of “family dynamics” that the show Little House on the Prairie endorsed. Sterling Residence is about young wealth, the global economy, the technologies of tomorrow. Sterling Residence is about being where it is: in the middle of a big city. Unquote
One person’s sleek and modern is another’s bleek and sterile…So Queen Anne is not a gated community? It might as well be. The hatred by the neighbors is so frustrating. I’ll admit the house appears to turn its back on the rest of the street. but so what. Why has conformity become such high criteria for judging a home’s aesthetic value? To hold on to the past in such a way as to voice such hatred for something new is sad. I’m guessing the young couple who own the house have not been welcomed to the neighborhood-simply based on their house.
To build a new home today in the same style as the rest of the neighborhood would result in a house so ostentatiously built with expensive materials and labor that in the end would mearly be an imitation of the historic.
I used to think(long before design school, as a lad) that modern looking homes were so garish-status symbols for the rich. I guess some still are…and that quaint bungalos were so modest and homey. But to see newly constructed homes in McMansion developments- with stone walkways, manicured lawns, water feartures, way too much square footage, all maintained by immigrant labor- trying to capture and preserve that nostalgia the Queen Anne neighborhood hold so dear is, to me so offensive and unsustainable.
Um, er, got off on a tangent there…