Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – 330 Lincoln, aka the Waterman House, and the architect George William Graves

Two very talented men, one beautiful house – welcome to 330 Lincoln, one of Grosse Pointe’s most notable residences, designed by George William Graves and home of Cameron B. Waterman, inventor of the outboard motor.

330 Lincoln was built in 1911, and stands on Lincoln, at the corner of Maumee in the village of Grosse Pointe. The 6,800 sq ft stucco Georgian mansion was designed by George William Graves, and is a stunning example of perfect symmetrical Georgian styling. One of the most striking features of the house is the large windows, a typical characteristic of this style of home, as is the large center hall foyer, in this case a grand 250 sq ft in size, offering a stunning entrance to the residence. The floor plan flows seamlessly into the expansive living room (33’ x 16’) and a large dining room (19’ x 16’) both of which had their own sunrooms.

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330 Lincoln – March 1981


A few years after the main portion of the home was built, Mr. Waterman added a tudor-inspired library and games room to the back of the home (36’’ x 22). The new two-story addition, designed similar to an English Chapel, features an attractive balcony at one end and a large stone fireplace at the other. Both rooms’ feature leaded-glass windows, gothic arches along with oak-paneled and trimmed ceilings and walls. It is said that this room was inspired by the Waterman’s trips abroad and became the perfect venue for large-scale family events.

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Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – 22 Lee Gate Lane, aka the Hudson Tannahill House.

HughTKeyesHugh Tallman Keyes was a prolific designer of fine homes in the Grosse Pointes and was arguably one of the most diverse architects to work in the community. His work at 22 Lee Gate Lane was one of his signature projects, and, at the time, was built to contain one of the greatest private art collections in the world.

He studied architecture at Harvard University where his drawings won an honorable mention in the Intercollegiate Architecture Competition (the most important event in the collegiate architecture world), and he went onto to work with C. Howard Crane and Albert Kahn.

During his long and distinguished career Keyes built many significant houses in Grosse Pointe and Bloomfield Hills. One of his ‘principal works’ was the Hudson Tannahill House, located at 22 Lee Gate Lane, Grosse Pointe Farms. The 5,490 sqft home was built in 1947 for Robert Hudson Tannahill, a renowned art collector in Detroit, nephew of department store king Joseph L. Hudson and a nephew of Eleanor Ford, wife of Edsel.

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Tannahill’s collection centered on 19th and 20th century artists including Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and Van Gogh amongst others. He began donating pieces of art to the DIA in 1926, and would go on to donate over 475 items during his lifetime. Upon his death, in 1969, the museum received an additional 557 works valued at approximately $13m.

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Grosse Pointe Open Houses for Sunday, March, 29, 2015, 2-4 p.m.

HMA has three open houses this weekend- Sunday, March 29, 2015, 2-4 p.m.


Kay Agney will be holding open 47 Briarwood, Grosse Pointe Farms

Custom Built by Ed Russell!   Tastefully decorated!  Updated kitchen with high end appliances opens into spacious family room!  Luxurious master suite!  First floor laundry!  Finished lower level!  Attached garage!  Newer windows, furnace and landscaping!  Located within walking distance to Lake St. Clair, schools, private residents only waterfront park, shopping and restaurants! This 3,350 sq. ft. home is listed for $775,000.


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154 Country Club, Grosse Pointe Farms will be held open

Updated ranch on prestigious Grosse Pointe Farms street. Open floor plan.  Updated kitchen with vaulted ceiling, marble counter tops and wet bar.  Newer bathrooms, roof and windows. Large living room with fireplace. Formal dining room, library and sunroom. Master suite with master bath. Third bedroom does not have a closet. Hardwood floors. Lots of closet space and storage. Finished basement with fireplace. Attached 2 car garage. Alarm system. In ground sprinkler system. Beautiful private backyard with patio. This 2,660 sq. ft. home is listed for $649,999.

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Jan Ryndress McLellan will be holding open 557 South Rosedale, Grosse Pointe Woods

A complete renovation by Levick Construction located in a quiet Grosse Pointe Woods neighborhood.  4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath Colonial with family room and attached garage.  New kitchen with custom cabinets, granite counters, tile backsplash, under cabinet recessed lighting and stainless steel appliances. New bathrooms. Refinished hardwood floors and crown molding.  New windows and interior door.  Finished basement. Aggregate patio. This 2,000 sq. ft. home is listed for $339,900.



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Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Architect – Hugh T. Keyes.

Welcome to the work of Hugh Tallman Keyes, a noted early 20th century architect. Keyes was a prolific designer of fine homes in the Grosse Pointes and was arguably one of the most diverse architects to ply his trade in the community.

His work centered on creating grand estates for the industrialists of Metropolitan Detroit (clients included Ford, Hudson-Tannahill, Bugas and Mennen) and he is considered to be one of the most versatile architects of the period.

HughTKeyesKeyes was born in Trenton, MI in 1888. He studied architecture at Harvard University and worked under architect C. Howard Crane. After graduating he quickly became an associate of Albert Kahn working on Kahn’s “signature project” the Detroit Athletic Club.

He was also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Navy during World War 1. He then spent time in Europe, traveling in England, France, Italy and Switzerland gathering inspiration for his work.

After briefly working at Smith, Hinchman & Grylls, Keyes opened his own Detroit office in 1921. His style was wonderfully diverse and ranged from Tudor Revival (highly popular in the early 20th Century metropolitan area) to rustic Swiss chalets. However he was most known for Regency (mostly French) houses of white brick, Georgian/Palladian, and incorporating symmetrical bow-fronted wings and wrought iron balconies into his designs.

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Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Architect – Marcus Burrowes

MBurrowesLet us introduce you to Detroit architect Marcus Burrowes. Burrowes was a versatile artist, designing residential, public and municipal buildings in and near Detroit. During the 1920’s and 1930’s Burrowes was widely known throughout southeast Michigan for his English Revival Style buildings, a style he also brought to the Grosse Pointe communities as part of the eight buildings (that we know of) he designed here.

Marcus R. Burrowes was born in Tonawanda, N.Y near Buffalo in 1874. He attended the Denver Art Academy, studying with architects of note as well as serving an apprenticeship to a prominent architectural firm in Denver.

In 1892 Burrowes moved to Ottawa, Canada to work in the chief architects office, specializing in post office buildings. During his time there he also created several public buildings in Sarnia. It wasn’t long before, Burrowes ambitions prompted him move across the river to Detroit, which at the time was where some of the best architectural talent in Michigan could be found.

Around 1905 Burrowes got the opportunity to work in the offices of Albert Kahn. In 1907 he joined noted architectural firm Stratton and Baldwin (already prominent designers in Grosse Pointe) where he stayed for two years. During his time with the firm he would meet many leading figures in the Arts and Crafts movement in Detroit, including Kahn, William B Stratton, Frank C. Baldwin and George Booth. Through his relationship with Stratton, Burrowes also made an important connection with Mary Chase Stratton of Pewabic Pottery – his launching pad into the Detroit Architectural Scene was complete.

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Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Lakeshore and the ‘turn of the century’ summer cottages.

At the end of the nineteenth century Grosse Pointe was a vastly different scene to the community we live in today. In 1889 Grosse Pointe Village had recently expanded and was part of Grosse Pointe Township, residents living close to the shoreline of Lake St. Clair were starting to express a desire to establish a separate community from the Village. In 1893 the residents got their wish and Grosse Pointe Farms became a separate community, its boundaries stretched from Fisher Road to Weir Lane and from Lake St. Clair to Grosse Pointe Boulevard.

Lakeshore was originally an early Indian trail, and later became a well-traveled route along the lake. In 1851 the road became known as Jefferson Avenue, and in 1915, the section of Jefferson Avenue located in Grosse Pointe was officially named Lakeshore Rd.

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Land was at a premium and in the mid-late 19th century the area was becoming a ‘hotspot’ for wealthy Detroit businessman to build large summer cottages for their families. Many of the new constructions were typical of the Gothic Revival and Queen Anne architectural styles of that period. Given this was where the families would be spending their summers the majority of the properties were set in picturesque settings with well manicured lawns and elegant flower gardens.

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Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Carl E. and Alice Chandler Schmidt House, aka 301 Lakeshore.

One of Grosse Pointes most historic homes is arguably the Carl E. and Alice Chandler Schmidt House located at 301 Lakeshore. Built in 1904 it is one of the oldest surviving ‘turn of the century’ summer cottages in the community, retaining a view of Lake St. Clair and part of the original grounds.


Carl E. Schmidt was born in Detroit in 1858. His father was Traugott Scmidt, who came to the United States, from Germany, in 1849. His father was a tanner, who exported skins, furs and wool, Carl was secretary of the company up until his fathers death in 1897. Soon after he started his own tannery firm – Carl E. Schmidt & Co.

Schidmt was a prominent figure in the Detroit area, active in politics, serving as a member of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners, along with sitting on several state boards.

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Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – 24 Beverly Road, Grosse Pointe Farms

Take a trip down Beverly Road in Grosse Pointe Farms. You will walk past the 15 houses that line both sides of the cul de sac – designed by some of Detroit’s most prominent architects of the early 20th century. The road runs from Grosse Pointe Boulevard to Jefferson Avenue, and is separated from Jefferson by the stunning neo-classical iron fence and gates designed by Albert Kahn around 1907.


Next to the gates is house number 24. Built in 1916 the house has fabulous artistic detailing inside and out and has some truly unique features.



DSCF2494The 5,976 Sq ft Colonial Revival home has seven bedroom’s four full baths and is constructed from brick. On the outside the house has many wonderful stone carvings that frame the doors and windows (acanthus leaves and rosettes), and a striking two-story bay window, outlined in stucco and carved stone.

Inside the house, the artistic treatments continue and are visible in abundance, along with the hardwood floors that run throughout the house.

The center piece of the home is the stately foyer which features many intricate details, and traditional craftsmanship – paneling carved with leaves and grapes, pocket doors designed and crafted to disappear, hidden latches and a stunning carved balustrade.

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Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – 203 Cloverly Road, aka Koebel House, and the Saarinens

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – 203 Cloverly Road, aka Koebel House, and the Saarinens

Let us introduce you to 203 Cloverly Road, Grosse Pointe Farms and the modern architectural style of Eliel and Eero Saarinen.

This stunning home was built by the father and son team of Eliel and Eero Saarinen, in conjunction with J. Robert F. Swanson. It is the Grosse Pointe’s only home to be designed by the internationally renowned team.

Eliel_SaarinenBorn in Finland the Saarinens arrived in the United States in 1923. Prior to the move Eliel had had a very successful architectural career in his homeland, and was known for his work with art deco buildings in the early 20th century. On their arrival in America the Saarinens first settled in Evanston, Illinois where Eliel worked on a plan for the development of the Chicago lakefront. In 1925 George Gough Booth asked Eliel to design the campus of Cranbrook Education Community, at the time, it was intended to be the American equivalent of the Bauhaus, the world famous design school in Germany. Along with designing the new school Eliel taught at the school (the first resident architect) and a few years later, in 1932, he became the first president of the Academy of Art. Read more

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Beverly Road Historic District, 23 – 45 Beverly Rd, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Beverly Road Historic District, 23 – 45 Beverly Rd, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Nestled on the edge of Grosse Pointe Farms is a small private road. It looks pretty normal from the outside, but venture down the cul-de-sac and you will enter ‘designers row’, a wealth of architectural gems from some of Detroit’s best designers of the early 20th century.

Beverly Road is one of the few private streets in Grosse Pointe Farms. It covers the original area of the Beverly Park Subdivision, which was platted by Henry B. Joy in 1911. The district was one of the earliest upper-class subdivisions in the Grosse Pointes, and played a major part in the transition of the area from a farming and summer-home community to an upscale year-round community for wealthy Detroiter’s. Residents of the district included prominent corporate executives and lawyers such as William P. Hamilton, William Cornelius Crowley, Edwin R. Stroh, Sidney T. Miller, William Van Dyke, and Edwin B. Henry. Read more