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Washington State Residence

Seattle, WA

The Washington State Residence is an example of our commitment to excellence and attention to detail in the renovation of an elegant private landscape. Built in 1914, the Mediterranean style house was originally surrounded by fourteen acres of gardens designed by the Olmsted Brothers. However, when the current owners purchased the property, it had been subdivided and critical views had been lost through 80 years of lush Pacific Northwest plant growth, obscuring the original design. Pashek + MTR Principal Missy Marshall was part of a team that prepared a master plan and construction documents to draw from the historic design while accommodating the client’s twenty-first century needs.

The property serves as both a residence and the setting for parties and large charity events, making it critical to allow guests and family to circulate without conflict. The design reflects the owners’ interest in historic landscapes and classical art, provides multiple spaces for outdoor entertainment, and capitalizes on views to Puget Sound. In addition, the owners wanted everything to appear in keeping with the vintage of the estate house, so every garden detail was painstakingly researched and executed.