Home of the Week: The Laura – Historic Home on Fort Lawton’s Officer’s Row

4002 Washington Ave W, Seattle WA
| Updated: November 27, 2018

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4002 Washington Ave W | Seattle, WA
4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms | Square Feet: 4,027 Interior | 12,497 Lot SF

Step out onto the large, gracious front porch to soak in the view of Puget Sound, Bainbridge Island, and the Cascade and Olympic mountains. Walk down the bluff to the beach and build driftwood forts with the kids. Or just return home from work and feel the unburdening that comes from arriving in a beautiful, natural getaway in the heart of Discovery Park.

Laura Kiehl was the daughter of Ambrose Kiehl, who supervised the construction of the buildings at Fort Lawton. Laura was four years old when she moved to Seattle, and she graduated from the UW in 1916. She went on to become the first woman in the state of Washington granted a brokerage license; as no brokerage firm would hire a woman, Laura operated her own office for many years in the Smith Tower. 

Thoughtful renovations to the houses have preserved their character and elegance, including refinished original maple and oak hardwood floors, restored millwork and doors, and refurbished fireplaces and surrounds. The homes also feature modern systems, with enviable kitchens and baths for today’s family living.


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