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Michigan House Envy: Mast’s extra care shows in details throughout 1940 house
By: Judy Rose
A large oval foyer is the focal point of this classic center-entrance colonial in Grosse Pointe Shores. The main rooms radiate from here, and a long curving staircase leads to an oval balcony above. It’s a gracious house, meant for entertaining, constructed in 1940 by Walter Mast, a well-regarded builder at that time.
The extra care Mast was known for shows in many details. For example, as the walls curve around the foyer, the door casings curve as well. Up where the walls meet the ceiling, they’re edged with a deep geometric design. This is not the standard wood trim; it’s all hand-molded plaster. Similar molded plaster runs through the living and dining rooms.
A theme of rosettes repeats through the house in wrought iron accents — at the front door, over two windows, and in the railing that runs up the stairs and around the balcony. The current owners continued the theme with two floral chandeliers.
Mast built this house for a radio producer who helped produce “The Lone Ranger,” and liked to entertain. So one of the home’s assets is a long butler’s pantry, good for producing parties without a visible mess.
“They had servants then,” said current owner Mary Sue Piggott. “But I love to use it to set up and get the entertainment all together without it being part of the living space.”
Lower cabinets with granite counters line each side of the butler’s pantry. Above them cabinets with beveled glass fronts hold crystal. There’s a sink, an ice maker and a wine rack.
Cameron and Mary Sue Piggott have lived here 31 years. Some of the changes they made include expanding the glass along the back of the house, where the rooms look into the handsome backyard. They bumped out bay windows in the family room and the kitchen and added a bow window to the dining room.
“It’s very open and airy,” Mary Sue Piggott said. “A lot of light comes in and the focus is on the backyard.”
This yard has extensive gardens and a slate patio with an awning for summer. “It’s very private. You cannot see through into anybody’s yard,” she said.
The best room for enjoying the view may be the garden room, where two of the walls are floor-to-ceiling windows. The Piggotts cut a large skylight above so sun pours through this room. This space is separated from the living room by folding glass doors.
All through the house, rooms are large. The living room, for instance, is roughly 20 feet by 30, the owners’ bedroom above is the same. The owners’ suite has his and her dressing areas as well as his and her baths.
And one closet holds a souvenir from the house’s early days — one that will have to stay with the house. It’s an old-time safe, about 2½ feet wide and four feet tall.
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