Before & After: A French Norman–Style Home Ditches a Clumsy Addition

In Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, a stately home with storybook appeal trades a clunky addition for one that’s open and outdoor-oriented.

From the street, this 1927 French Norman–style home looks like something out of a storybook, complete with a brick facade, turret, and leaded glass windows. It sits on a generous lot—over a half-acre in size—in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. However, an ill-conceived addition from the 1990s did more to separate the home from its incredible backyard than meld the two together. 

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