Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Isaacs, Walter F., House, Hilltop, Bellevue, WA

ID: 6418
Construction Date: Start Date: 1951
End Date: 1952
Notes: The American Institute of Architects (AIA) named the Walter F. Isaacs House a National Merit Award in 1953.
Building History: The Hilltop Cooperative community located south of Bellevue occupied a promontory that featured remarkable, panoramic views of Lake Washington, Mount Rainier, the Cascades and the Olympics. The setting attracted a group of educated young professionals, many of whom worked in the visual arts. Many original inhabitants also had attended or taught at the University of Washington. Painter Walter F. Isaacs (1886-1964) and art historian Gervais Reed (d. 2007) represented the UW Department of Art, while Hilltop counted three architects, including Wendell Lovett (b. 1922, a UW Assistant Professor of Architecture), Fred Bassetti (1917-2013) and John Morse (1911-2000). They tended to be a liberal group, too, for whom the idea of cooperatively sharing amenities and some development costs appealed.
Structure Size: Number of Floors: 1
Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses
Locations: Structure:
Bellevue, WA