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Maple Leaf’s Chiarelli-Dore House listed as historical landmark

Posted by Mike on April 2nd, 2014

The house at 843 N.E. 100th St. looks unassuming when walking your dog by on the street.

It’s a little hard to tell if it’s actually connected to the very similar structure immediately to the west, but which has a different address.

It’s impossible to realize that, seen from a different side, it looks like this:

Kafia, from – the Seattle-based real estate brokerage -  sent us the link to that and 14 other photos – together with the news that the home was just named a Seattle historic landmark.

The 1,700-square-foot home was designed and built in 1949 by noted Seattle architect James J. Chiarelli. According to the landmark nomination, the home is considered a “locally significant example of Northwest Modernism that embodies the distinctive characters of its period of construction.”

The other photos, and more information, can be found at this link,which also says:

Designed by PNW icon James Chiarelli as his own home, this is a model of simplistic beauty. Sited for privacy, w/window walls framing views of wooded, magical backyard. Slightly cantilevered from the foundation, seeming to float above the landscape. Abalone flecked terrazzo floors throughout. L-shaped plan allows for master wing surrounded by nature.

Kafia adds that the house last sold in 2012 for $482,000.

Additional information can be found on this .pdf from the city Landmarks Preservation Board.

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3 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Yippee // Apr 2, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I went in this house for an estate sale – It was BEAUTIFUL!

  • 2 cas // Apr 3, 2014 at 8:46 am

    THe previous owner died of cancer a couple of years ago. Prior to that the owner had a renter living there that always did the most amazing holiday decorations for Halloween and Christmas. I still miss the friendly competition we had with who could go more overboard or get the decorations up first. I also went to the estate sale and was surprised by the magical quality of the backyard – it is like a little zen oasis in the middle of the city.

  • 3 Sue // Apr 3, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Really beautiful. I was wondering if that would discourage a buyer considering all the regulation. I tried to look it up and there was a huge list of restrictions and a little mention of incentives but vague.
    I just wondering, not saying its a bad thing.