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Boxy midcentury modern asks $550K in Spokane

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Designed by the architect Warren C. Heylman

A boxy midcentury modern style home at dusk with its interior lights on. The photo is take from a patio with lounge chairs and trees on either side. Photos by Ven Kravchenko

We’re always on the lookout for interesting midcentury architecture, and the latest to catch our eye is this three-bedroom, two-bath home in Spokane, Washington. The home was designed in 1954 by Spokane architect Warren C. Heylman in, according to the listing, the style of Frank Lloyd Wright.

But Heylman is a notable architect in his own right; he designed the Spokane International Airport, the city’s downtown Parkade, and the Regional Health District. This modestly sized house—it measures 1,803 square feet—was designed and built on a similarly modest budget of just $20,000.

The home has been carefully restored to take advantage of its open floor plan, flat roof, and tall windows. Concrete floors have been replaced with new black slate tile, but new kitchen cabinets carefully copied Heylman’s original design. The home’s boxy lines, geometric windows, and expansive views out to the forest are reminiscent of Wright’s Usonian homes, but Heylman told The Spokesman Review in 2013 that this wasn’t his preferred style. “I like curves, but curves are expensive,” he said with a chuckle.

Love what you see? 2020 East 18th Avenue is on the market now for $550,000.

The living room features a large cowhide rug, long wood and black sofa, coffee table, two arm chairs, a fireplace on the left and a huge wall of tall windows.
An eat-in kitchen area with a small table, slate floors, and a u-shaped kitchen with wooden cabinets.
A bedroom with a gray queen sized bed, red accent pillows, side table with lamp, white arm chair, wooden floors, and one wall of windows looking out to the forest.
A second bedroom with slate floors, a full size bed, side table, and two sets of large windows.
AN outdoor dining table on a patio with a slated wood privacy wall, grill, and firepit in the background.
A firepit area includes bench seating, a slated wood privacy wall, two chairs, and trees in the background.