04 October 2009

What Can You Get for $1.3 Million in the Pacific Northwest?

A few days back I asked what you could get for $1.3 million in the California desert. Yesterday a correspondent in Washington sent me some photos of what you can get for $1.3 million in the Pacific Northwest.

The answer is found in these photos. The correspondent, Mark Lowder, said it was designed by Alan Bain Jr., who was prominent in the Seattle area and was trained at Cornell. The house was built for Dr. Carl Heller, who Mark says founded the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, although the center's web site says it was founded by Dr. William Hutchinson, Fred's brother. Fred, by the way, was a major league baseball player and manager who died of lung cancer; I had his baseball card when he was manager of the Reds.

Mark Lowder is selling the house. Here's what his email said:

I hate to part with it but we’ve done what we wanted with the place. It was a mess when we purchased it six years ago after being in renters hands for fifteen years. Time to move on.


Anonymous said...

You are indeed correct that the founder of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center was Dr. William "Bill" Hutchinson, a Seattle surgeon whose brother, Fred, a Major League Baseball player, died of lung cancer in his 40s. For more information, please see:


Kristen Woodward
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center media relations

Tom Andersen + Gina Federico said...

Thanks, Kristen.

The website you gave us is the site I got my information from. -- ta

mark said...

Help! I'm being fact checked!

Bill Hutchinson was indeed the founder of the center. The architect was a close friend of the original owner and told me he was "a" founding physician of the center. Looking at my description of "the" founding physician warrants a correction.

The only thing I could find by googling Dr. Carl Heller was that he was in charge of a program for the old Atomic Energy Commission which performed "experiments" on guests of the Oregon Penal system in the 1950's. Yeesh.

By the way, the architect of the home was William Bain Jr. rather than Alan. Mr. Bain, as principal at the time of NBBJ, was more of a managing architect than hands on designer from what I understand. While he was the architect of record on the home, Don Winkleman, NBBJ's lead designer at the time and nicknamed Mr. 4th Avenue by his peers due to a proliferation of work in downtown Seattle did the actual design. Similarly while Bain was the architect of record on the 1962 World Fair's Pacific Science Center, Rainier Tower, and IBM Plaza, World Trade Center designer Minoru Yamasaki did the actual design.

Keep me honest you guys! You just can't trust us real estate agents to keep from bending the facts!

Sure enjoy your blog Tom and Gina. The content is always interesting.

Scott Piper Architect said...

At NBBJ I worked with Don Winkleman and Minoru Yamasaki as a model maker and draftsman in 1965. We had University Properties Project 2010 in the office and I built a 1/60 foam model of the core of Seattle every day. Yamasaki commuted to Seattle about once a week or so from his primary office in the Midwest. Yamasaki worked entirely from scale model studies, Winkleman was on staff and sketched and critiqued. Winkleman was a smart guy who read 300 versions of the Bible and then took on Seattle's Plymouth Church project
Yamasaki's IBM tower had been built by 1965, and the Sea First Tower was under construction, as was Plymouth Church.
I once cut a foam block with a hot wire and formed the Rainier tower with a narrow stem to simulate a plaza function at the base. Yamasaki liked it, one thing led to another, and hence we have Rainier Tower as it appears today.
Looks like a lollipop.