SEATTLE — A Seattle jewelry design firm that once designed luxury homes for celebrities is back with a new home designed in honor of Seattle’s first Olympic gold medalist.
The home, the first of its kind in the nation, features a spacious living area, a state-of-the-art kitchen and a sleek exterior.
The home will be available for sale in May, and it will feature a custom interior designed by the design firm of local architect Scott Fitch.
The company’s owner, Mike Smith, said the home, named The Olympia, is an “outstanding piece of history,” and a tribute to Olympia resident and Olympic medalist Suzanne Moore.
Moore, who won the medal in the 800-meter individual medley event, was a Seattle native and Olympic bronze medalist, as well as a Seattle Times columnist.
Smith, who has lived in Seattle since 1987, said he has a few ideas about what to add to the home that Moore’s father designed for her in 1972.
The house, he said, will have “great details,” but he can’t share details yet.
“I’m not going to tell you how to do it.
I’m just going to let the design do the talking,” he said.
Moore is known for her fashion sense, and the Olympia will be a fitting tribute to a person who wore a lot of hats.
She was the first Olympian to win a gold medal in running.
The design team includes designer and sculptor Jana Hjort, who also designed the home.
It’s not clear whether Moore’s dad designed the house herself or by consulting with other designers.
The Olympia is a tribute, not a celebration, for Moore.
She’s a big, soft-spoken woman, and I think her personality is what people have been looking for, Smith said.
“She’s a very quiet person.
You can just tell she’s a quiet person,” he added.
Moore’s father, Fred Moore, died in 2010.
Moore had a stroke in 2012 and had to leave her job to care for her father.
Moore’s parents have been married for 26 years.
The couple have two children.
Moore, who is married to Smith and has two daughters, said her dad was a big fan of Seattle, and a longtime resident of the city.
“He had a passion for the city, and his son was born here,” Moore said.
Smith said the Olympia design was inspired by Moore’s childhood home in Olympia, which is now the home of the Olympia Recreation Center.
Smith said the interior of the home will incorporate the same kind of design cues he used to design the home for his father.
Smith has also been a member of the design team that designed the Olympic home in the 1980s and 1990s.
Smith plans to donate the Olympia to the Seattle Children’s Museum, which will house a collection of the homes that Moore designed.
He said he hopes to open the Olympia as soon as the Seattle Games are over.