Last Look

Atomic Ranch - - Contents - By Kathryn Drury Wag­ner Pho­tog­ra­phy by Matthew Gal­lant Styling by Sally Julien

AF­TER THEY BOUGHT IT, SALLY JULIEN AND HER PART­NER, PETER LO­FORTE, gave a mas­sive over­haul to their 1963-built glass box house. The fire­place must have been added shortly af­ter the home was orig­i­nally con­structed; it’s a 1966 Firehood, de­signed by Wen­dell Lovett for the Con­don King com­pany. Lovett was a well-known Seat­tle ar­chi­tect and Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton pro­fes­sor ac­tive in the 1950s to 1990s. The Firehood was mass pro­duced and is to­day sought af­ter by mod­ernism en­thu­si­asts.

The fire­place “was one of the things that drew us to the house and helped us have a vi­sion for what it could be,” says Sally. “It was orig­i­nally black, but it was in rough shape. I know a purist would shud­der that we re-imag­ined it, but we wanted a bold color. Bud­get ended up be­ing tight on our project be­cause of the myr­iad is­sues we ran into, so we lim­ited our­selves to a stan­dard pow­der coat­ing color. This was the most pe­ri­o­dap­pro­pri­ate color and we loved it. We then color matched the paint and had our front door painted the same color.”

Dur­ing the re­model, the fire­place was re­moved, and due to newer build­ing codes, they had to have it re­in­stalled with an ethanol burner in­side and lava rocks. “So it is more of a sculp­ture for us. It looks great and works well enough. We can still have flame in it and we love it.” The fire­place is so iconic, it be­came the logo for Sally’s busi­ness, Modernous.

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