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.