Property Watch: A Modern Home Updated by Two Iconic Architects

Tucked into a woodsy hillside above Boyer Avenue in Montlake—just west of Montlake Playfield—this warm, stylish home has a long legacy in modern design. Originally built in 1936, it was the personal home of in-demand local furniture designer RJ Skewes. He eventually ordered a remodel from the one and only Roland Terry in 1951. After Skewes died in 1959, the residence gained another artsy accolade as the home of composer William Bergsma, former director of the University of Washington School of Music. More than 60 years after the Terry remodel, Jay Deguchi, along with pioneering architect George Suyama, led another full facelift throughout and added an entire

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