Parker Residence

Bainbridge Island, Washington

The site vicinity of this residence is a small harbor on Puget Sound with various old and new commercial and residential structures along the shoreline. The harbor faces the Seattle skyline and contains a major ferry terminal and the maintenance yard for the ferry system.

The owners,a semi-retired couple, obtained permission to build their new home within the shell of an existing 1920’s net drying shed, provided that the construction did not extend beyond the original structure.

An existing road provides vehicle access to a position 16 feet above the level of the dock. A garage and shop are positioned at this level. A stair and bridge lead from here to the upper-level entry to the shed itself. A generous interior stair widens out at the lowest level. This level contains the kitchen, dining/living areas, storeroom and glass-walled sitting area that was the porch of the old shed.

The upper level contains a guest room and a master bedroom suite with an office area. The interior volumes were designed to both provide a generous and inviting descent into the main living levels and also to give a sense of the volume of the shed. The rooms are oriented to maximize views of the activity of the harbor and the downtown Seattle skyline seven miles distant. The exterior profile remains relatively unchanged. Fenestration patterns were designed to be consistent with other existing turn of the century commercial structures on the waterfront.


– AIA National Honor Award, 1986
– AIA Honor Award, 1985
– Merit Award, AIA/Sunset Magazine Western Home
Awards, 1984
– AIA First Award, Western Red Cedar Association,