A good regional modern, gone to contract:

Here is a very nice example of a mid-century modern architecture home in the Northwest vernacular. So much of the modern design familiar to the general public is of the New Canaan Connecticut or California/desert style due to the fact that the cultural zeitgeist was and still is to a large degree centered around the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and New York. It is important to realize however that the modern movement of the mid twentieth century was not just a California or Ivy League phenomenon but was embodied in a number of regional architectural styles drawing on local cultural influences and the raw materials available in those areas.

This particular home was designed in 1970, fairly late for mid-century standards, by Hal Moldstad. Hal was a prolific architect in the area of Bainbridge Island near Seattle and designed a number of similar homes drawing heavily on the influences of coastal Native American culture and that of turn of the century Japanese immigrants. Extensive use of native cedar and basalt stone were commonly used in these designs. Local architects such as Ralph Anderson, Bert Tucker, and Robert Sheilds pioneered this style of regional modernism starting in the late 1940’s and their influence is very obvious in Moldstad’s later design work.

Hal’s career as an architect while prolific was relatively short lived as he retired his practice to concentrate on painting when the public’s tastes in architecture began to move away from his finely tuned aesthetic sense in the 1980’s.

This one has gone to contract but there are two other excellent examples of his work currently available on Bainbridge Island. Contact me if you are in the neighborhood and would like to take a look.

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