DUDLEY CARTER HAIDA HOUSE
Haida House Studio, 7747 159th Avenue NE
This site is known for its association with local wood carver Dudley Carter, who lived and worked at this location in his later years. Carter built this Haida House studio elsewhere in the region and reassembled it on this site after he moved here in 1988. A master plan process is underway for this site, also known as Slough Park.
Dudley Carter was a sculptor best known for large sculptures and totem poles, made from trees by use of an axe. Carter learned his carving skills from the Kwakiutl Indians in British Columbia when he lived with them in his early life. He became well known for his carvings at the Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair in 1947.
The Haida House Studio is a post-and-beam building that was built by Carter about 1980 at his home in Bellevue using traditional Haida techniques, without the use of nails or bolts and was intended to reflect the construction of a traditional Native American longhouse.
It was the fourth Haida house Carter had built since 1935. In 1984 when Carter moved from his Bellevue-Redmond property he disassembled the house and stored it in pieces in Marymoor Park. When Carter moved to Slough House Park in 1987, he moved the Haida house with him. In that same year he was chosen as King County’s first artist-in-residence. Then, in 1991 Carter began reconstructing the house for use as his studio.
He died in 1991 at the age of 101 before he could complete the reconstruction. Carter's grandson, along with volunteers, completed it. Dudley Carter continued to carve and complete major commissions up until his death. He produced over 200 works of art, some of which are located at the University of Washington, Henry Art Gallery, Bellevue Square, Redmond Library, and the Seattle Art Museum as well as in numerous private collections. The large totem sculpture in Marymoor Park is one of his larger carvings.
Dudley’s carvings are sprinkled throughout the Northwest, displaying the culture of our native land.