The Ferris house in Spokane Washington is an amazing example of mid century modern architecture. I have posted about the home before and you can see it here. Recently the house has been put up for sale and listed with Joe Dinnison. Spokane is just a couple of hours away from me so this was a perfect excuse for a road trip. I made arrangements to see the home and to my surprise I was given a private tour by Toby Ferris who was raised in this modernist dream. My intentions here are not to give a history lesson, stats or facts, you can get that here, I just want to give you my thoughts and feelings as I experienced the Ferris home.
The entire day it rained and rained but the day got better when I arrived at the Ferris House. The house sits nestled in a private wooded lot. You are almost transported to your own little mid century modern private island.
The car port and the walk way to the front of the house really create build up, you get a sense of what you are about to see.
When you first open the door (I guess I forgot to take a picture here, maybe I was to excited) you are greeted by layers and textures. The metal sculpture that serves as a small partition or screen is by Harold Balazs, a native Spokane artist and sculptor.
What you don’t see here, because this is taken from the opposite side of the room, is once you look past the screen and the living room, the back of the house opens up to the back yard utilizing large windows that blur the inside and outside spaces.
This is Toby Ferris and I looking through some old issues of Sunset Magazine that featured the house along with a picture of his father who ran a home furnishings store that carried all of the goodies that all of us like to drool over, you will see many of these pieces throughout the house.
To the right is a picture of Joel Ferris in front of his store.
What a stunning dining room! Long teak table accompanied by 10 (two were downstairs) JL Moller Chairs. With a IB Kofod Larsen Credenza from the Ferris’s store.
Behind the dining room was the kitchen which was all original except for the refrigerator. The cabinets and wood on any of the walls is gum wood which had a really beautiful subtle wood grain.
My favorite element had to be the hemlock ceilings, they ran front to back giving an openness to the house while giving length to the rooms. Another architectural element that really made this home for me is that most of the interior walls in the common areas did not reach the ceilings………..stunning!
The family room was set off by this amazing Danish wall unit. For the hardcore furniture collector, the white and black chair is a Hans Wegner prototype and only a few were made, it was reupholstered a few years back.
I love the cut out in the kitchen so there can still be open communication between both rooms.
A view from the inside looking at the front door. The door really isn’t that tall but I love how it feels, giving height and providing a continuous line for the eye to follow up to those amazing hemlock ceilings.
The hemlock ceilings were continued to the outside eves, again giving a continuation of line while at the same time blurring the lines of indoor and outdoor space.
The old growth and amazing landscaping in the backyard really creates your own “private Idaho” or in this case Washington.
It may sound really corny or cliché but I left the Ferris house enlightened that day, maybe that is how a car fanatic feels when he test drives a high end sports car. To be given a tour by one of the children raised in the house gave me so much more insight. Toby, thank you so much! The home is stellar, I have been in quite a few mid century modern homes and the Ferris home ranks in the upper tier of what Mid Century Modern represents.