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Second Use is currently salvaging materials from a home designed by architect Paul Thiry, who was known as the father of “Northwest Modernism”. The home sits dramatically along the beach in the Normandy Beach neighborhood of Seattle. The homeowners have worked closely with housemovers, and Second Use partner, Nickel Brothers since last year to find another lot for the home, but were ultimately unsuccessful in finding an option to relocate the structure. The size and weight of the massive concrete home proved to offer too many obstacles to potential buyers, even though the owners offered to sell the house for $1 and extended their project deadline on several occasions.
Paul Thiry is known throughout the Northwest and the world as an architect who pushed the boundaries in design and construction. This home was built in 1962, the same year as the World’s Fair was hosted in Seattle. Thiry was the lead architect for the fair and designed several important pieces that still remain in the city. Thiry also designed Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry, the Frye Art Museum and buildings on the University of Washington and Western Washington University campuses. Sunset Magazine featured the home on its cover in 1967 and described it as “a gull poised for flight”.
Second Use field crews are still finishing up work on the house, but material should begin to arrive in the store as soon as April 7th. The material will include teak paneling, teak and walnut cabinetry, mid-century hollow-core doors, and glass railing.
Click here for more information on Paul Thiry and to see examples of his work. Below are some photos from the jobsite, which highlight the materials we expect to save. Click here to see some of the inventory from this job.