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A Retrospective on the 'Home of the Month' of Yesteryear

A look back at the Seattle Times' "Home of the Month" feature

Quite a few years ago, some of us Seattle-area architects belonging to the American Institute of Architects decided that family home design was a very important area of practice that had been long overlooked.

To encourage participation, the Seattle Times and the Seattle AIA created the "Home of the Month" Program. Once a month, the Sunday paper featured an architect designed home that was open to the public showing just what could be accomplished by custom clients working with their architect and his builder to create interesting — as well as livable — homes.

I was the Chairman for several years; the Seattle Times' files have many clippings (as do I) showing what was published then that I hope to include in my upcoming Seattle Times/AIA Home of the Month PatchBlog.

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Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 15, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Here's a bit more on custom homebuilding- http://mercerisland.patch.com/blog_posts/the-way-to-go-residential-architects-and-home-builders-working-together
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA January 12, 2013 at 06:51 PM
. Time to revive the AIA "Home of the Month" Program? It encouraged architects to design custom homes. JG-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA October 16, 2013 at 01:51 PM
As I drive around today's Mercer Island, I see a number of sad indifferent "carpenter-designed" homes being put on nice lots. This special island and those who live on it deserve better. JG-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA June 22, 2014 at 02:03 PM
To repeat an earlier comment of mine- As I drive around today's Mercer Island, I see a number of sad indifferent "carpenter-designed" homes being put on nice lots. This special island and those who live on it deserve better. JG-

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