Dig this blindingly white new 3-pack at 24th and Grand in the central district. The photo was taken from the street, so one presumes there will soon be a big fence going in above the rockery. Please, let it be a white fence.

17 Responses to “White”

  1. dan cortland

    Everybody knows: in the CD, white is the new black.

  2. justin

    where’s the overhangs? doesn’t anyone care about efficiency? sheesh

  3. Matt the Engineer

    What [justin] said.

    (any chance those are trombe walls? yeah, I didn’t think so)

  4. Greg W

    It’s simple, the white paint is used to reduce radiation absorbed by the structure, effectively offsetting the massive summer solar gain imposed by the unshaded window wall and slider doors.

  5. Matt the Engineer

    I assume that’s meant as tongue-in-cheek, but to be clear: solar gain through walls for a building with this much glass is more or less insignificant.

  6. Spencer

    Dan, what do you mean by “white is the new black”? It could be construed as insensitive and racist considering the CD has historically been an African American neighborhood.

  7. Wow

    These things look awful. This is what happens when a craftsman builder tries to change to modern I guess. I think the half craftsman / half modern looks even worse then the pure craftsman homes. This guy really should have stuck with his original architectural plans.

  8. Dan Staley

    I presume there will be some sort of electric-powered shades that will moderate the amount of sunlight coming through, right? Using energy to replace good design is the new black, right?

    Nonetheless, for a boy who needs more sunshine than the PacNW delivers, I think transplants will like all the windows to let in what little light there is.

  9. Wooty

    It’s probably a Pb Elemental building. More garbage veiled as high design. I love the red mullions, though – it truly is lipstick on a pig.

  10. historian

    Actually the CD was formerly a Jewish neighborhood, Langston Hughes Center was formerly a Synagogue.
    there are two or three other around the area that were converted to other uses…..Black Americans increased in population in the area in the forties……

    every body has their own taste- some love them and some won’t. best to leave room for all to have what they want.

  11. dan cortland


    Seek help.

    Or at least try not to assume the worst of people you’ve never met.

    dan c

  12. dan cortland

    HTML failure above. “help” had a link. Another joke down the tubes.

    The peaked roofs and faux clapboard siding give the buildings a barn-cum-silo look. A few Holsteins out front would round out the effect, and compensate for the loss of the Fratelli building mural. Genius.

  13. Bud

    “WOW” obviously doesn’t understand what the craftsman style is. There’s nothing craftsman about these. The only thing remotely “craftsman” about these is the gabled roof form, but the gabled roof form is hardly unique to the craftsman style. Unfortunately, the gabled roof form (or other symmetrical roof forms) is something dictated by the Seattle Zoning code.

    I, for one, appreciate the attempt here to create something original within the limitations of the Seattle zoning code. I do agree that the white is a bit stark, however. The exterior color scheme could be better.

  14. dan cortland

    Are those the “front doors”? Or are the “front doors” in the back or on the side? They don’t look like front doors, yet the bay windows look like a front facade feature. Some incongruity there, as if a person’s head rotated 180 degrees on their neck.

    With those operable windows at the second floor of the bays, the units may have some nice stack effect cross ventilation with cooler air entering at the ground floor from the shaded back of the building.

  15. Mark Andre

    I for one am not opposed to a builders right to design and build any home the way he pleases once approved by the city. Everywhere you drive around the city all you see are the cookie cutter townhomes and the only difference between one or another is a color scheme and some landscaping. These units might not be for everybody, and they don’t have to be. It all really comes down to personal preference.

  16. Connie U

    I have to say I drive by this site at least once a week and can’t wait to see it finished! Love the creative design, the sleek lines and the big bright windows.

    Like Mark states, it’s refreshing to see something original and modern in a sea of cookie cutter town-houses.

  17. huh?

    Spencer, what on earth is racist about making a joke about the area’s change from a predominately African-American neighborhood to a predominately Caucasian neighborhood?

    It’s a joke based in fact!

    …and it’s not like no one saw it coming:

    2007: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/308739_centralarea23.html
    2005: http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20050117&slug=neighborhood17
    2001: http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20010722&slug=black22m1
    1998: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/archives/1998/9806260023.asp
    1993: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/archives/1993/9312060002.asp
    1991: http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19910415&slug=1277575
    1990: http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19900211&slug=1055477

    Yeesh, reading all these articles just reminds me how all the hand-wringing and feel-good planning in the word is COMPLETELY INEFFECTIVE when fighting the tireless onslaught of money and economic forces…

    Honestly, the writing was on the wall as early as 1990! From the article:

    “Just this: As one of the last in-city neighborhoods where it’s possible to find a solidly built three-bedroom house for less than $100,000, the Central Area is heating up along with the rest of the Seattle real-estate market.

    The new buyers are often first-time owners who end up in the neighborhood after seeing how little their $70,000-$100,000 will buy in more “prestigious” neighborhoods. They tend to be single women, gays, younger couples – and white. Or, if investors, they’re banking on making money as the area gentrifies over the next few years.

    “The sellers often are longtime homeowners who are retiring, or their heirs who don’t want to move back to the old neighborhood – and they’re mostly African-American.

    “As property changes hands between the two groups, the Central Area seems poised for tremendous change – a fact that some greet with worry, others with glee.”

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