SOLD | Built 1909 | 9,800 Sq. Ft. | 6 Beds | 8 Baths | 0.52 Acres
The Parker-Fersen House, one of Seattle’s most cherished landmarks, set on a prime half acre along Millionaire’s Row and facing Volunteer Park has sold for $5 million after recently dropping to $5.3 million. The historic home hit the market in April 2020 for $6.3 million and was reduced to $5.75 million in October 2020. A residence with rich, classical details, the Parker-Fersen House has grand proportions and superbly finished interiors. It was designed by architect Frederick A. Sexton and built in 1909. With soaring columns, broad verandas and long runs of white balustrades, the home is a distinctive icon. Large fluted Corinthian columns grace the front and side porches. These rare, tall columns show the influence of American colonial architecture. Elevated slightly above the street and sidewalk, one has a view to the park from the front porch and lawn.
The curved driveway mimics the lines of the front porch and passes beneath the Porte cochère leading to a two-car carriage house. The east lawn is anchored with a large, 100-year-old copper beech tree, meandering flower beds and rose gardens. The west lawn was designed to be more formal in shape and appearance with boxwoods framing the verdant, velvety lawn and another rose bed anchors the northwest garden. The richly detailed exterior hints at the exquisitely crafted interiors. Classical restraint was skillfully employed to showcase true Arts and Crafts influences, a testament to the original interior designers George Davis and Oliver Halbert.
One is welcomed by a double door vestibule that opens to a dazzling foyer of mahogany, crystal, and beveled mirror glass from which the formal rooms extend. Natural light from the stained-glass windows at the top of the stairs allows the mirrored ceiling to radiate light throughout. On either side of the grand foyer are the formal rooms. The north west side of the home hosts the “drawing room” with a separate seating area of bay windows and alcoves in the most western portion of the home. In the afternoon, the red rays of the setting sun add materially to the beauty of a well decorated room. The first introduction of Arts and Crafts principles with Beaux-Arts Classicism is anchored by the substantial fireplace encased with Moravian Pottery and Tile Works tile and elaborately framed beveled mirror. The Parker-Fersen House was on the market for $5.3 million with Deirdre Doyle of Windermere Real Estate Midtown.
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