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April 22, 2015

Self-guided tour of modern homes May 2

Photo by Dale Tu Photography [enlarge]
Aurea Residence in Magnolia was designed by architect Chris Pardo.

Photo by Steve Keating [enlarge]
The “tree-house” in Washington Park got a remodel in 2007 to create a more contemporary space.

The 2015 Seattle Modern Home Tour on May 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is self-guided and goes to a number of neighborhoods.

The Seattle Architecture Foundation is a partner in the program, and will receive a small donation.

Here are the houses:

— The Aurea Residence gives a modern twist to the Magnolia neighborhood. It was designed by architect Chris Pardo and built to maximize the views.

— The Backyard House is a speculative infill development that takes its name from the site: the subdivided backyard of a house in the Atlantic neighborhood. SHED Architecture & Design designed the house with lots of natural light, floor-to-ceiling windows and sustainable materials.

— The 18th Avenue City Homes complex is on a narrow, sloping lot in the Central District. It was designed by Malboeuf Bowie Architecture and has natural light and ventilation, small spaces that “live large,” and indoor/outdoor integration.

— Architect James Chiarelli's residence was built between 1948 and 1950 in Maple Leaf, and is a city landmark. Current owners Craig McNary and Adeline Ee updated the interior while honoring the original design. Allied 8 designed the update.

— Prentiss Architects designed a 2007 remodel of the “tree-house” in Washington Park to create a livable contemporary space that includes bamboo cabinets, a Nana window wall, a ridge skylight and solar-heated water.

— A 1920 Dutch Colonial near Washington Park has modern alterations, including a glass roof and large windows. Eric Cobb designed the renovation.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 on tour day. Go to http://tiny.cc/58yqwx to buy them. You can use a map and GPS to take the tour.

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