Before & After: A Remodel Brings a Famous Cartoonist’s Former Home Back to Life

This Seattle house high above Lake Washington once belonged to illustrator Irwin Caplan. Now it blends refreshed midcentury character with a seamless addition.

The cliché goes that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover—and the same could be said for the front facade of this 1951 home in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle. The low-slung street front is mostly defined by a carport—but the interior tells a different story, with a wall of glass overlooking Lake Washington.

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at


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