Last fall, I sent a copy of the first Mid Seattle along with a letter to now-retired architect Audrey Van Horne asking if she'd let me take photos of her home for the next issue. The house that she and her husband John designed in 1953 is one of my favorite residential buildings in the city. It has huge windows, but still feels private. It's classy and elegant while still feeling genuinely lived-in and Mr. and Mrs. Van Horne added little touches of playfulness that make the entire home so well-rounded.
I was beyond excited to get a call from Audrey Van Horne and quickly found out how warm and welcoming she is. Her home is only a couple miles from Capitol Hill in the Portage Bay neighborhood, so it was a quick trip down the street. We chatted for hours in her living room. She told me about her old office, we talked about Architecture West (the now-defunct magazine where my grandfather worked) and the geometric structure in their yard that her grandchildren played on.
The one request she asked of me was that I show her the photos before I publish them. A few weeks later I brought her a one-off volume that showed all of the edited photos I took, with 5 or so in consideration to be published. We looked through it together, she pointed out some of her favorites, and smiled a bunch. Since only four photos were ever published, I wanted to share the rest.