The late Arthur Erickson designed two homes for the Eppich brothers back in the late '70s. The first, a concrete design from Helmut Eppich, was recently restored to its former glory thanks to a new owner (and architectural firm Battersby Howat) that took the custodial role very seriously.
And now, architecture buffs have a rare opportunity to tour Eppich II, the house Erickson designed for Helmet's brother, Hugo, and his wife Brigitte. Designed in 1979, the 7,000-square foot glass-and-steel marvel is still owned by its original clients, who also commissioned a complete set of custom furniture by Erickson's longtime partner and associate, Francisco Kripacz. Eppich himself was a collaborator on the project—his own steel fabrication company created the curving beam supports of the home, a feat not yet seen in residential design. Once it was completed in 1988, Erickson described Eppich II as "my most complete work."
The couple have recently placed the home on the market, but are opening their doors for a fundraiser for the Arthur Erickson Foundation, hosted by board member Clinton Cuddington of Measured Architecture. Architect Nick Milkovich—Erickson's design associate on this project and many others—will be on the tour, along with the Eppichs. "This will not be a goodbye but a celebration," say the tour organizers, with fine wine and food, plus a live jazz combo.
Tickets are $500 per person (and includes one guest), with tax receipts available for $400 ($300 if guest accompanies). Each ticket includes a one-year membership (or membership extension) in AEF, plus a copy of Greg Bellerby's new book, Eppich House II: The Story of an Arthur Erickson Masterwork. Valet parking is available, and the address and map for access will be issued upon purchase of a ticket. Click here to register.