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1212 NE 65th StreetSeattle, WA 98115206.523.1618

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April 1, 2019 12:18 pm

Not a Joke!






Today is the 40th anniversary of the Johnson Partnership. We’ll be doing follow up posts over the next few days covering the firm’s beginnings to our recent ownership change.

March 18, 2019 10:11 am

New Project: Redmond Kitchen & Main Floor Additions

Although situated in a great neighborhood in Redmond, this kitchen and entry of this 1968 split-level house did not suit the lifestyle of the current owners. We’ve planned several small additions to make a large impact on the layout of the kitchen.

The original house, before construction.


The existing floorplan.



The design for a large kitchen, comfortable entryway, and dining space keeps the living area around the same size.








A new porch roof is being added.

The living room window sits in a small addition. Windows are fiberglass units.

The kitchen window will overlook a large deck and backyard garden.



February 4, 2019 11:52 am

Snow Day

It’s always a thrill to have real snow in Seattle! Happy snow day to all, and to all a safe and speedy commute.

Our office in the snow. Yes we are open!

Our office in the snow. Yes, we are open!

The skylight is completely covered in snow creating a rather blue ambiance.

The skylight is completely covered in snow, creating a rather blue ambiance.

Even with the construction beyond, our back yard is quite charming in the snow.

Even with the construction beyond, our back yard is charming in the snow.

January 3, 2019 3:55 pm

A New Era for TJP

We are happy to announce a big change for our firm: at midnight on January 1, ownership of The Johnson Partnership changed hands, with senior associates Howard Miller, Steve Campbell, and Ellen Mirro acquiring the business. Howard, Steve, and Ellen will continue to provide architectural, historic preservation, and historic resources services. Larry will still be involved with the firm as Principal Emeritus, assisting with both architectural and historic resources projects. We plan on continuing our work on single-family residences while increasing our work in multi-family and small commercial buildings. Our goal has always been to provide quality and diverse service in both architectural and preservation services, while remaining as environmentally sensitive and aware as possible.

December 24, 2018 11:54 am

Happy Holidays from TJP

A big thank you to all who came out to our studio last week for our annual holiday open house. The good company inside, the chilly weather outside, Larry’s home-smoked salmon, and a visit from a small unicorn made the evening a festive success.

Wishing you and yours a joyful holiday!




December 7, 2018 5:07 pm

Washington’s Newest National Historic District

As December rolls on and 2018 comes to a close, we’re looking back at one of our major projects from the past year: Larry and Lani’s work spearheading the establishment the Ravenna-Cowen North National Historic District! Washington’s newest NHD, roughly bounded by NE 65th Street on the north, Ravenna ravine on the east, Ravenna and Cowen Parks on the south, and 12th Avenue NE on the west, was officially entered into the National Register of Historic Places on September 13, 2018.

The nomination was unanimously approved by the WA Advisory Council for Historic Preservation (ACHP) this June, and was added to the Washington Heritage Register, which includes historic and cultural properties that have been recognized for their unique contributions to Washington’s heritage. (You can read more about this part of the process here.)

The district includes 443 homes, most constructed prior to the early 1930s. The average construction date for contributing resources is 1918. This district exhibits a special character, scale, and setting that represents a period of population growth and housebuilding resulting from the excitement generated by the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition at the State University (now the UW main campus) and lasting through the Great Depression.

The district exhibits the range of architectural styles of its era(s). Although homes are relatively modest, styles include Craftsman, Tudor Revival and Colonial Revival. Many designs were taken directly from pattern books and kit home catalogs from the early 1900s to the 1930s. The existing cohesive neighborhood conveys a unique feeling in place and time.

Larry E. Johnson, AIA served pro bono as Lead Historian for this project. Both Lani and Larry Johnson devoted hundreds of hours to this project. The application for historic designation was prepared by the Friends of Ravenna-Cowen, an all-volunteer organization whose purpose is “To preserve and protect the heritage of the Ravenna-Cowen neighborhood as a community resource for all.”






November 12, 2018 9:13 am

Howard interviewed by Bontena

An interview with our own Howard Miller is currently featured on the business and branding website Bontena. Howard discusses what inspired him to become an architect, the design and building process, and the challenges of building a new house in booming Seattle.

You can read the entire interview here.




October 15, 2018 9:30 am

TJP at the Wallingford Historic Homes Fair

Last weekend we were pleased to be the featured architect at the Wallingford Historic Homes Fair at the Good Shepherd Center. This annual event features local designers, builders, and suppliers offering expertise in historic renovation and preservation. The event also included lectures, seminars, and “Ask-an-Expert” panels, and covered topics such as researching your home’s history, earthquake retrofitting, and the process of landmarking historic buildings. Howard and Audrey represented the firm and met a variety of homeowners, from renovation veterans to new homeowners seeking inspiration.

July 30, 2018 4:42 pm

North Bend timber frame project featured in PNW Magazine

We were surprised and delighted to open the Sunday Seattle Times yesterday and see one of our long-ago projects featured in Pacific Northwest Magazine. In the early 1980s, Larry was approached by a contractor friend who in turn had been contacted by a couple wanting to build a timber frame house in the woods outside of North Bend. Larry agreed to the project, in spite of knowing next to nothing about timberframing. At the time the company did not yet have an office building and his and Lani’s home was being renovated, which meant that he drew up the plans for the house sitting at his kitchen table.

At the time the only resource for learning how to build in the timber frame style was a book called “Building the Timber Frame House” by Tedd Benson. Larry read the book and designed the joints according to the book’s hand-drawn instructions. The craft was still so obscure that the permitting office didn’t even have protocol for reviewing the plans, so Larry and the team brought in a scaled model of the house to show the permit reviewers and to explain how the whole thing fit together.

The clients procured fixtures for the house with skill and ingenuity: From one day to the next Pat and Daucey would have come into a heap of salvaged flooring materials; the day after Larry finished an initial design for the kitchen, Pat announced they’d sourced a vintage back bar for the refrigerator, which sent Larry back to the old drawing board (rather, the old kitchen table).

We’re so pleased to see the house again, and that the family has been happy there for all these years.

You can see more of our timber frame projects here.

The house, shown here shortly after its completion, seems to glow from within, lighting up the dark Northwest evenings. Photo by Lani Johnson

Photo by Lani Johnson

From “Building the Timber Frame House” by Tedd Benson, 1980


April 4, 2018 10:18 am

Madison Heights Bungalow Addition: Framing Continues

Today we’re checking in on the remodel on the eastern side of Capitol Hill. In addition to updated fixtures and finishings, this 1925 bungalow is getting a new sunroom, bathroom, storage space, and garage. As the concrete work nears completion, framing begins. Next up: adding the utility systems.

The garage foundations and retaining walls are complete. The area with the black waterproofing will be the City required non-infiltrating bio-retention pond...

The garage foundations and retaining walls are complete. The area with the black waterproofing (center front of the picture) will be a non-infiltrating bioretention pond. A bioretention space is required by the city to manage stormwater runoff and reduce soil erosion.

The salvaged walnut boards will be used as exposed collar ties for the cathedral ceilings.

The salvaged walnut boards will be used as exposed collar ties for the cathedral ceilings.

The attic has been stripped to the studs and is now ready for collar ties and insulation.

The attic has been stripped to the studs and is now ready for collar ties and insulation.