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Redmond Apartments Aim For Sense-Of-Place Distinctiveness With Wood Carvings


MainStreet Property Group opened The Carter on The Park recently, a 180-unit apartment development in Downtown Redmond. According to the Kirkland-based developer, one of its goals was to make the property distinctive, the better to foster a sense of place. "We focused on unique design features that cannot be found anywhere else on the Eastside," MainStreet president Kelly Price said. 

Most visibly, the property at 7508 159th Place NE, which is named for Redmond artist and wood carver Dudley Carter, includes distinctive artwork.

As a wood carver, Carter built and lived in the Haida House, which remains in Dudley Carter Park across the street from The Carter — and he became the first King County artist-in-residence at the age of 96. The developer commissioned his granddaughter, Anna Hanson, to create the building’s 30-foot-tall wood wall carving in the lobby and a custom panel installation around the elevators in a style based on Carter’s carving techniques.