Built in 1904, the Ellicott is one of 13 homes ever to be released for sale on Officer’s Row. It was a former residence for many of the military’s most senior officers until Fort Lawton was closed in 1973.

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SEATTLE — For the first time, one of Fort Lawton’s largest estates — known as the Ellicott — is being offered for private ownership for $2.8 million.

Named after Anna Ellicott, one of the land donors who contributed to the formation of Fort Lawton in 1900, the Ellicott comprises 6,278 square feet of interior and exterior living spaces, including six bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Located at 4012 Washington Ave. W. in Discovery Park, the Ellicott is on a .39-acre lot that overlooks the historic parade grounds and Puget Sound, just as it has for more than a century.

An open house at the Ellicott takes place Oct. 29-30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prospective homebuyers are encouraged to register online at ownfortlawton.com.

“The Ellicott presents a truly unique opportunity to own legacy real estate in Seattle,” says Stephanie McMahon, sales director of Fort Lawton. “Once upon a time is now.”

The restored homes at Fort Lawton are surrounded by 534 acres of natural habitat at Discovery Park, Seattle’s largest public park.
The restored homes at Fort Lawton are surrounded by 534 acres of natural habitat at Discovery Park, Seattle’s largest public park.

Built in 1904, the Ellicott is one of 13 homes ever to be released for sale on Officer’s Row. It was a former residence for many of the military’s most senior officers until Fort Lawton was closed in 1973.

Much of what was once Fort Lawton was donated to the city of Seattle and became Discovery Park, a 534-acre sanctuary 15 minutes from downtown Seattle. Excluded from the surplus donation were approximately 9 acres of land containing the two residential communities known as Montana Circle and Officer’s Row.

“The Homes at Fort Lawton are effectively an island of fee-simple land surrounded by parkland in the city,” says Gary Blakeslee of RISE Properties, the developer of Fort Lawton. “An extraordinary set of circumstances led to Officer’s Row becoming available for preservation, but unlike San Francisco’s Presidio, these homes are for sale to members of the public. Our homeowners are not only fortunate residents of these nostalgic properties, they become stewards of Fort Lawton’s living legacy.”

Blakeslee has a personal perspective after spending the summer of 2015 living with his family on Officer’s Row before the restoration efforts took place. He describes coming home to Discovery Park as feeling like enjoying a whole new day at the end of the day.

“It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I just couldn’t resist,” he says. “I feel honored to be preserving these landmark properties forever.”

Blakeslee retained Seattle architectural firm GGLO to lead the restoration plan, and the team worked with the city’s Landmarks Preservation Board to make exterior improvements such as seismic upgrades, new roofs, new paint (matching historical records) and extensive landscaping.

The Colonial Revival architecture of the homes harkens back to other U.S. treasures such as Monticello and Mount Vernon, and is the defining design element of the Fort Lawton Historic District.

While the district remains a protected national landmark, RISE was able to add two-car garages for each home on Officer’s Row. GGLO also designed exclusive common areas that offer residents access to a shared P-patch, children’s playgrounds and a neighborhood firepit.

On the inside, each home was restored to preserve its nostalgic character and historic millwork and hardwood floors. Otherwise, Blakeslee says, RISE wanted these homes to live as like-new properties.

The Ellicott’s homebuyer will enjoy all-new plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems, including hydronic in-floor heat on the main floor and electric-heated marble floors in the bathrooms. New low-profile radiators heat the other rooms.

The kitchen was completely transformed into a generously-scaled gathering space with Miele appliances, including a wine fridge, a gas cooktop and two ovens. GGLO also reprioritized living spaces on the upper level to include a larger spa-style master-bathroom retreat and walk-in closets.

The top floor and daylight basement were also reimagined and fully finished for modern living.

“My favorite design feature of the Ellicott plan is the massive wraparound covered veranda offering those broad vistas of open meadows, Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountain Range,” McMahon says. “This terrace is an extension of your living room, and it’s totally protected so it can be enjoyed in all seasons.”

The Ellicott is the latest offering in the ongoing sales program at Fort Lawton. In 2015, RISE restored and quickly sold all 13 homes that comprise Montana Circle, and earlier this year several Prosch plans (4,000-square-foot versions of Officer’s Row homes) were also sold.