Tiffany-style lamps on display at Everett’s historic Van Valey House

  • Wed May 14th, 2014 5:28pm
  • Life

Herald staff

To mark the 10th anniversary of its Tiffany reproduction lamp classes, Everett’s Covenant Artglass will host a juried exhibit of lamps created by former students and its current graduating class of 2014.

The exhibit at Everett’s historic Van Valey House, 2130 Colby Ave., will be open for a preview from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday; a reception and awards from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday; then for general viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The public is invited to vote for a people’s choice award.

Authentic Tiffany lamps, first created by Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848–1933, exemplify the elegance of the American Craftsman and Arts and Crafts movements, around the turn of the 20th century.

Providing an appropriate stage for the lamps and celebrating its 100th year, the Van Valey House was custom built at an expense of $5,000 for Everett business pioneer Albert Louis Van Valey and his family. Construction was completed in 1914. The Van Valey family home became a cultural center for recitals, readings and civic group meetings and a symbol of the city’s growing prosperity.

The 2,800-square-foot home is an American Foursquare design. Its two-story interior features hardwood coffered ceilings, beveled glass and stained-glass windows. From the outside, the house is distinguished by a pyramid-shaped hip roof, two historic trees — a copper beech and a tulip tree — and a distinctive “V” in the red brick chimney. A tilt in the chimney required reconstruction in 2013, but masons preserved the original brick and design.

The house was donated to the city of Everett in 2002 by Ed and Betty Morrow, and is now open to the public and available to rent for weddings, memorials, business meetings and receptions. For more information, call Everett Parks &Recreation at 425-257-8300, ext. 2.

Learn more about the Van Valey House by going to www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=472.