Architecture House of Hate
posted by March 18 at 11:36 AMon
The current negative response to Sterling Residence—which is on Queen Anne Avenue, and also at the center of this article—is apparently not as bad as the response another modernist house received when it was completed back in the early 90s:
The designer of the house, Larry Rouch, writes:
The back story on my Queen Anne House was much more dramatic than pB’s [Sterling Residence]. I was accused of causing the death of a neighbor by building the house, and this by a Seattle cop in person, in uniform, son of the deceased! Also the neighborhood took up a petition against the house and a big stink was made about it in the QA community newspaper. Another neighbor physically accosted me and Steve Holl, who was along for a drive by, because the house had no fireplace and asked: “What’s the matter with you, don’t you believe in Santa Claus?!!” We literally had to drive away with her hanging on my car. Another neighbor, a realtor, asked to review the plans before construction started, then politely informed me that she wouldn’t oppose the house if we would kindly remove the living room/study on the upper floor (the view side of the house). Yet another neighbor demanded that I review the house pans with his architect else he sue. The architect demanded a meeting and a copy of the plans. I told him to fuck himself.
The architectural hatred on Queen Anne is hardcore.