In a feature for the Seattle PI entitled “Historic palace hidden near Seattle,” Kirsten O’Brien highlights Chapel Lane Estate, our client’s stunning home in The Highlands. As O’Brien notes, “at first glance, it may seem like this home belongs in the English countryside rather than in the suburbs of Seattle. Take a closer look, however, and you’ll find that every detail — from its location down to its filigree moulding – is quite intentional.”

As the article describes, “the home was designed by renowned local architect Elizabeth Ayer, who was among the University of Washington’s first architecture graduates and the first licensed female architect registered in Washington in 1930.” It reflects Ayer’s affinity for the Colonial Revival style, which was “especially popular from the 1890s through the 1930s and is characterized by symmetrical front facades, elaborate front doors, columned porches and decorative crown pediments. The interiors of Colonial Revival homes are often furnished with Chippendale-style furniture, neoclassical decor and rich, floral prints. The Chapel Lane estate is a classic example of Ayer’s Colonial Revival vision down to the last detail.”

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Other features of the home include “formal gardens planted in 1929 and beautifully styled and maintained living spaces” in addition to over 4 acres of grounds that “include mature rose gardens, water features and open spaces shaded by old-growth forest.”

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