Daubenberger Residence

Port Townsend, Washington

The site of this 950-square-foot residence is on 400 feet of waterfront formerly part of the Fort Worden Military Reserve, built in 1915 on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The owners wanted their house built over one of the existing concrete fortification buildings.

The design attempts to take advantage of views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north and the Olympic Mountains to the southwest, while trying to stay in context with an historic Victorian city.

The owners hoped for a residence, which would leave most of the site in reserve for future development, possibly a larger second residence. The concrete bunker on which the house is built acts as the building’s foundation; the bedroom upstairs is open to the living room below, both for light in the living room and to visually enlarge the small building.


– AIA Honor Award, 1981
– Merit Award, AIA/Western Red Cedar Association,
– Citation, AIA/Sunset Western Homes Awards,