The Triangle House, a Capitol Hill Curiosity
For the past four years, I’ve driven by the triangle house in Seattle and always wondered to myself… What!? However, by the time I arrived home I’d already forgotten to Google it. But as the season has been changing and the area around it keeps catching my eye day after day, I finally decided it was time to snap a photo and learn some history behind this iconic Capitol Hill structure.
We’re so consumed by gentrification and all the new that it’s nice to take some time to photograph and learn about the historical buildings that remain. I feel like I owe that to the neighborhood I live in and love so much. Sometimes I look at a block and I can’t even remember what sat there seven years earlier when I first started to visit and fall in love with this place.
“Remarkable for its unusual, non-conforming modernist design, the Egan House, designed by architect Robert Reichert in 1958, was acquired by Historic Seattle in 1998 in partnership with the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. Threatened with demolition on a number of occasions, the Egan House is an outstanding example of modern residential architecture. Historic Seattle undertook interior and exterior rehabilitation of the property in 2003. Historic Seattle owns the building and Seattle Parks and Recreation owns the land. The Egan House was designated a Seattle Landmark in 2010.
The Egan House’s exterior work included repairs to deteriorated and insect damaged wood, a new roof, paint and support column for the cantilever above the entryway. Interior work included paint, heating system improvements, tile replacement and bathroom and kitchen upgrades. Since September 2003, the house has served as single-family rental maintained by Historic Seattle.
The 1958 building is the youngest in Historic Seattle’s portfolio. When first constructed, the building represented a shift away from traditionalist styles. Its preservation has helped Historic Seattle expand its advocacy and educational programming to support recognition of modern design as a significant part of our architectural heritage.”
Looking at this scene, it’s hard to believe you can just turn to your right and see the Space Needle through the trees. It feels as though you’re smack dab in the center of the wilderness. Historic Seattle has rescued and preserved several other historical buildings around the city, and you can see a list of them here: http://historicseattle.org/all-projects/