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Here's some reading material for people not familiar with my site: ONLINE CONTINUOUSLY SINCE March, 1999, you have reached "moderntom's" website of architecturally modern and mid-century modern houses for sale. This site is also THE ORIGINAL "modern architecture for sale" website for the greater Seattle and northwest area. A huge archive of old listings going back hundreds of pages is here for your perusal, no sign-in or anything else required.
SeattleModern.com is a real estate website of mid-century and newer modernist architecture, design, homes, properties, multifamily dwellings FOR SALE and RENT, around the greater Seattle, Washington USA area. This site has been online since March 1999! Many happy clients can attest to my ability to "get it" (to be one of those rare agents who has an eye for clean cool truly MODERN architecture, mid-century and newer, and an amazing knack for finding these houses, often before they are even on the market). My talented hand picked staff and associates are also adept and experienced at helping clients through the maze of negotiations, inspections, repairs, remodeling, and "de-modeling", historical researching, documenting, talking to the original architects, financing, etc.) I, Tom Holst, started this site because of a long lasting love of modern architecture and a desire to do something I found truly interesting to give meaning and purpose to the use of my real estate associate-broker's license. Since then the ball has begun rolling and there is a new awareness of saving, purchasing, and conserving these modern works. This site is the work of one person: Tom Holst, a modernist enthusiast, student of the modernist movement, modern design, and modern architecture. I'm also a seller and buyer's real estate agent, so I do mix up commerce and filthy lucre on this site. I hope to hear from you, thanks! Click the "more about me" button for a general overview of what this site is all about. I've been called by the "fineliving tv" cable channel out of Denver Colorado. An interview with me, including some of my photographs, was published on two pages, including my color photographs, in the June issue of "Seattle Homes and Lifestyles" magazine. List your modern home with me and my crew now! No one else has been doing this kind of website as long, as I mentioned: ONLINE SINCE MARCH 1999!!!
For those who don't know much about me, I've signed and/or closed deals on real estate valued in the neighborhood of several million dollars. I've done hundreds of transactions so I have the experience you need to take you through the real estate selling/buying process. Call me for your modernist architecture/real estate needs: Tom Holst: 206-841-0003.
(I was happy to be interviewed and on the front page of the Seattle Post Intelligencer newspaper about the rising awareness of and interest in "retro" and modernist houses by the public).
modernist architecture currently or recently on the market, plus the ability to sign-up for even more timely updates emailed to you:
Here's a cool house, not in Seattle as such, but check out the pictures as it's currently on the market for sale by an agent I am affiliated with, you'll love the architecture, this house is available for purchase as of July 2008. I'm helping it to get into several national architecture magazines as we speak (they've been contacting me from this website.
Patience please for those waiting for my email list, also next week I'll resume my old use of actual photographs of local listings updated each Saturday.
OK hard to beat that one!, Well how about one priced far less, like maybe a total price of $195K: This one below just listed by my good friend co-modern Agent Amy. It's in the happening Columbia City area, currently vacant over 4400 sq ft corner lot with alley. Owner/architect selling level lot complete with plans and consultation service to help you develop a brand new in-city retreat, with high style, safety, and budget in mind. Total price of $195K includes all design, planning, permits, consults, landscape design, and exterior hardscape/safety fencing; all with the latest in technology and green building. Fantastic location blocks to historic Columbia City, steps to the new light rail, 10 minutes to downtown. Close to Seward Park. All you want in urban living! See drawing below:
Some snapshots below of my June "08 trip to LA to Dwell magazine's "dwell on design" convention in crazy LA at the LA convention center. You can see a few pix of the booth we had down there of architectural properties and architects:
Cool Robocop-like LAPD police on Segway-looking motorized tricycles, crazy billboards, great "nice modernists" people at the convention. I handed out hundreds of business cards and flyers. But it's good to be back in Seattle
This event and pictures reported to this blog below are not in Seattle per se, but I saw Kieran of Kieran and Timberlake speak recently and thought I'd share these pictures of one of their latest projects, in connection with the Museum of Modern Art:
MoMA ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF FIVE ARCHITECTS TO DISPLAY
Cellophane House, as designed for MoMA’s Home
Kieran Timberlake Architects: Cellophane House |The
Cellophane House was designed in 2007 specifically for Home Delivery,
with steel frames that snap together, glass windows that slide into
place, and systems of sustainable architecture. The Cellophane House
is intended as a prefabricated solution for an urban dwelling.
Requiring no welding or sealing, it is made of recyclable materials
and equipped with photovoltaic cells that allow it to be off-grid and
Burst 003, North Haven, Australia.
Jeremy Edmiston and Douglas Gauthier: Burst *003 |
Designed to be assembled on site from laser-cut pieces, the Burst *003
house is a computerdesigned remake of the typical prefabricated box.
Working from a computer formula that automates the specific pieces
needed to create the house desired, the project is based on a system
that can be adapted to a changing set of criteria. The 2003 prototype
of the Burst *003 project was built on Australia's Northeast coast,
and won the Royal Australian Institute of Architects 2006 Wilkinson
award. Jeremy Edmiston, originally from Australia, has been
practicing, teaching and researching architecture in New York City for
16 years. His practice is based in re-evaluating the relationship
between the built and natural environments in all its permutations.
Douglas Gauthier is a New York–based architect whose work focuses on
the structural, programmatic, and environmental parameters that
Horden Cherry Lee Architects / Haack + Höpfner Architects: micro compact home | An aluminum-clad, perfect cubic form, measuring approximately 76 square feet, the micro compact home is a tiny dwelling intended for use as athletic or student housing, or as a miniature vacation house. It is commercially available and recently went on the market in Europe. Deliverable by helicopter or crane, the tiny house is entirely portable. Its interior is fully equipped with modern amenities, and its exterior features both a roof topped with photovoltaic panels and walls containing wind turbines, allowing the house to function off-grid. Architect Richard Horden is a founding partner of the London-based firm Horden Cherry Lee Architects. Since the 1970s, both the firm and the architect’s work have been committed to achieving more with less, optimizing visual and technical lightness with a minimal use of materials. Horden initiated research on the micro compact home (mch) with a team of students and collaborators as a professor at the Technical University in Munich.
Charles and Ray Eames | Case Study House No. 8, 1949 | Exterior view | Image credit: 2008 Eames Office LLC
As part of the exhibition Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling, which will be on view at MoMA from July 20 to October 20, 2008, The Museum of Modern Art has selected five architects to display full-scale, prefabricated houses in the outdoor space to the west of the Museum building. The houses are designed by the firm Kieran Timberlake Architects (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and architects Lawrence Sass (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Jeremy Edmiston and Douglas Gauthier (New York, New York), Oskar Leo Kaufmann and Albert Rüf of Oskar Leo Kaufmann Architects (Dornbirn, Austria) and Richard Horden (London, England, and Munich, Germany).
Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling is organized by Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, with Peter Christensen, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition will include a total of 63 projects: the five houses on view in the outdoor space next to the Museum, and 58 projects on view in the sixth-floor International Council of The Museum of Modern Art Gallery, offering the most thorough examination to date of both the historic and contemporary significance of factory-produced architecture from 1833 to today.
The five projects to be displayed in the outdoor space next to MoMA were chosen after an initial consideration of some 400 architects and firms, from which 21 proposals were solicited. The proposals were evaluated by a jury of internal Museum curators and staff, as well as members of the architectural community, who advised the curatorial team in making the selections. The five houses represent designs by emerging and established architects, different styles of homes that use varied manufacturing techniques, and houses that span the economic market. Cooper Robertson Partners will act as Consulting Architects in assembling the houses for the exhibition.
These five contemporary projects continue MoMA’s rich history of
exhibiting full-scale houses, which includes The House in the Museum
Garden (1949), a house by Marcel Breuer that was erected in the
Museum’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden; Exhibition House
by Gregory Ain (1950); and Japanese Exhibition House (1955). The
architects participating in Home Delivery will have the rare
opportunity to present commercially viable domestic creations,
prototypes, and entirely new designs produced specifically for the
exhibition. The selected designs showcase a variety of approaches to
On view in the Museum's sixth-floor gallery will be historical documents, full-scale reassemblies, and films tracing the roots of prefabrication in the work of architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Jean Prouvé, Richard Rogers, Kisho Kurokawa, Konrad Wachsmann, and Marcel Breuer. In addition to architects’ creations, the exhibition will highlight projects by corporations such as Lustron, Sears Roebuck & Co., and Deutsche Kupferhaus, and the imaginative systems of other influential figures, including Thomas Edison, Augustine Taylor, and R. Buckminster Fuller. Beginning with prefabrication's antecedents in early nineteenth century colonial cottages and balloon frame houses, the exhibition will chart an evolution of inventive approaches and experiments in manufacturing that came about after World War II in both Europe and the United States. Milestones among these are an early experiment with concrete, Thomas Edison's Single Pour Concrete House System (1906), and early experiments in steel shown in the Chicago World's such as the Crystal House (1933) by George Fred Keck.
Other projects will chart the explosion of experimentation in the 1960s, exemplified by Archigram's utopian proposals for a Plug-In City (1962) and a Living Pod (1965), and Kisho Kurokawa's Nakagin Capsule Tower (1972). In more recent years, a renewed interest in manufactured housing, spearheaded by publications like Dwell Magazine, has inspired a wealth of impressive homes, both prototypical and commercially successful, as with early proposals using shipping containers like the Container Houses (1994) by Wes Jones and Namba Kazuhiko's Infill House I for Muji (2004). A series of specially commissioned speculative architectural fragments by the architecture firms Reiser Umemoto, Contemporary Architecture Practice, and Marble Fairbanks, explore the future potentials between the relationship between industry and the computer-based design of today. (Sources for the above MOMA articles:
Tom Here, back in SEATTLE, Here's a well attended event I helped sponsor on May 20th, 2008, at the retro Swedish Club in Seattle. I've met Alan Hess and spoken with him at the Palm Springs Modernism event and he signed my copy of "Googie Redux": I'll be at ths event so come meet us. UPDATE, an awesome lecture but unfortunately our beloved Ballard Denny's/Mannings googie styled restaurant, in spite of achieving landmark status, it appears will be torn down, the new owner citing the economic downturn causing him a hardship so he has to put up as many new wood frame condominium units as he can possibly box into that same huge corner lot. Oh well, we tried.
I recently attended another lecture about uncovering the "History of American Modern Architecture", by the woman who is the main star of the PBS television show "History Detectives" get on my mail list for future events and listings: firstname.lastname@example.org
Googie Architecture & the Modern Ideal
< Alan Hess, speaking Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 6:30 pm Swedish Cultural Center
In recent months, Googie architecture has
been brought to the collective consciousness of Seattleites. What is
Googie architecture? Why is it significant to our architectural and
cultural heritage? What does it mean in the larger context of
Modernism? Why should we care?
Back to my website, to see my picks of all, and ONLY the coolest modern listings, without the useless difficult overwhelming sorting of the endless plethora of non-filtered generic listings as required to search listings at most sites, please send me your email address to receive my latest architectural updates: go to: email@example.com
Below are a few pix of what to expect, people say I have an "eye" for interesting non-traditional minimalist clean MODERNIST design and architecture: email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a slideshow of a new listing in a great Wedgwood area: New West Seattle listing coming soon...
T. Dean/windermere w/permission
To see here's some images and listings for May 2008, my latest picks for the week, you'll need to email me with your email address: go to: contact Tom (courtesy of NWMLS):
Here's a few of the somewhat earlier local listings from the recent past: Oh by the way, architects, I'll be headinhg down to the Dwell on Design gathering in early June, let me know if I can help promote your firm, we'll be having a booth down there this year.
I had a great time at the Palm Springs Modernism event this last week. Great to meet and speak with Alan Hess, he autographed my copy of "Googie Redux" and we spoke of the saving of the Ballard Denny's which has been voted for City of Seattle Landmark Status! Congrats to DoCoMoMo on their success! Here's a montage below of just a few of the available cool architectural properties around Seattle, as of the end of Feb, 2008. Email me for more info on these and others around town:
I can send out more info on request so email me. The mail list may not be twice a week anymore, as I'm still organizing it, but on a more personal attention/individual basis, so sign up here to get the full scoop email@example.com
Just a teaser of what's new out there, more details by signing up, Thanks! firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's one from agent Andy Moore, reprinted with permission:
and from agent Jackie Syvertsen:
To see my picks of all, and ONLY the coolest without the useless difficult overwhelming sorting required at most sites, please send me your emial address: below are a few pix of what to expect, people say I have an "eye" for interesting non=traditional clean minimalist modern architecture: go to: contact Tom
These fun to look at modernist wonders are out there but, like needles in the proverbial haystack, I have to work to find them and I look forward to emailing them to you. So send your email address to me at: email@example.com and you'll receive, usually once or twice week, email reports from me, with lots and lots of photos, of hand picked modernist homes/events, etc as they come newly available. Thanks! I look forward to this process, it'll be faster for both of us and I won't have to keep as many potential listings undisclosed either as I debate whether to share them with just any general public looker out there but rather only with those who've made an effort to work with me, and I'll do all I can to make the same effort to work with you! Thanks. Send your email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Info on those available by joining my email list: send me your email address, to: email@example.com
KEEP GOING TO BACK PAGES: (CLICK ON: "PREVIOUS/ARCHIVED LISTINGS" TO SEE LAST WEEKS AND FURTHER BACK...Thanks! THAT'S ALL FOR THIS WEEK, please email me to get regularly updated reports emailed to you by sending me your email address, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
MORE NOT HERE, my "private stock" if you will, email or call me
to get with me.
I AM A REAL ESTATE AGENT/ASSOCIATE BROKER, in addition to my architectural design practice and referral service. Once again to reiterate, I CAN WRITE UP AND PRESENT OFFERS FOR YOU!! as your buyer's agent, or I CAN LIST YOUR PROPERTY, I HAVE A MAJOR MARKETING PLAN THAT CATAPULTS ME WAY ABOVE THE AVERAGE AGENT'S ABILITIES, many happy seller and buyer referrals available so feel free to give a call, also for advice on modernist renovation/restoration feel free to contact me: Tom Holst: 206-841-0003
Some are in Seattle proper, some outside the city proper: Contact me for more info and for others that aren't listed here, and for me to send you the latest as they come available, Many above are courtesy of NWMLS, with permission where possible and in accordance with mls rules:
See you next week, or call me and, if you saw it here, BUY it here! Please, thanks, Tom: 206-841-0003.
This is not all I have available, but it's all I'm putting on my site for you now, see you next Saturday afternoon if we don't talk before then!
Tom: email@example.com mobile: 206-841-0003
I look forward to being YOUR real estate agent, either for listing, or for selling/buying, so give me a call. Thanks! Tom Holst: 206-841-0003
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Lots of new stuff not shown here. This unfortunately is all that the general public can see right now, more coming soon, I DEFINITELY HAVE OTHERS NOT on display here on this site!!! this is all I'm showing ON THIS SITE of NEW listings now available, tune in next Saturday afternoon for new ones, email or call me to be put on my list because, as I mentioned, there are other cool ones that are NOT pictured here. Thanks! Tom: 206-841-0003
(disclaimer: these are new fresh listings (or listings about to be listed), unsold at the time of publication, status check every business day. I am not my own separate MLS but a part of the NWMLS network, some of these listings that are found and detailed by me are not necessarily "listed" by myself, which is good for buyers, as you can still use me as your buyer's agent with no conflict of interest on my part. So, unless you're already long term committed, tell agents you meet at listings that you have your buyer's agent, me, and don't sign anything unless you tell the listing agents that you are working with me as your agent, thanks!)
entire site copyright 1999-2007, Tom Holst / seattlemodern / MadisonPartners Real Estate, listings subject to prior sale, errors and omissions, and may be withdrawn by sellers at any time.
Seattle Modern has moved to new offices in the all glass NBBJ designed skyscraper downtown, 50 stories, completed in 1969, very Miesian minimalist, very "Seagram Building". It's the one across from the new Library,
I love seeking out, discovering, and documenting these rare properties, some deserving of future "historical" or landmark status; (even though they are "modern"). Please note that most of the listings I've found and documented here may not necessarily be "my" listings, therefore it is imperative you contact me directly to be your buyer's agent. I do of course also LIST modern homes, and prefer to list modern homes as opposed to traditional style homes, I have turned down listing a number of "old world charm" bungalows in the last year. Feel free to call me at: 206-841-0003 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I try to do these full updates every week or so now, by 1pm or so Saturday afternoons, (depending on my work load). I have so many great currently for sale modern/mid-century modern house new listings to show you that your jaw will drop! At least they will give you a sense of my "eye" for this type of cool architecture. Contact me directly (at 206-841-0003) if you are motivated for more quickly updated, faster, personal service and direct delivery of listings. I will find and help you find/sell/mortgage/negotiate/buy your dream home now. This is my passion, a survey, a documentation, an inventory of all the "cool" modern houses out there, it's quite a project. Let me list or sell yours and keep this site, which is partly a preservationist/documentation/civic project, alive. Call me directly at: 206-841-0003, Thanks!
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