Having previously delved into the homes Wallace Frost created in Grosse Pointe, we decided to take it one step further and focus on two of his most unique homes in the community – 242 Lewiston and16632 East Jefferson. Built in 1926 these homes were each constructed on nearly an acre of land, feature lovely stonework, are complimentary of their surroundings, and built for privacy.
From what we know about Wallace Frost it is clear he was a huge fan of French Normandy architecture, which became popular in America just after the First World War. The influence is clear on several of his projects, and his work inside and out on these homes is exquisite.
Located in Grosse Pointe Farms, between Ridge and Charlevoix, this home is a beautiful hidden gem. Built in 1926, this 4,500 sq ft home is unique to the site in that it is situated on a significant slope, and designed accordingly. Wallace Frost clearly had a great deal of fun designing this home, creating many private patios and entrances that blend into the landscape, so much so, it is barely visible from the road. A Detroit based Realtor in 1967 described the lot as a ‘rolling country-style terrain landscaped for privacy’.
The 3-story residence is in a French Country style. French Country was often derived from a combination of French Normandy and French provincial architecture. This home is constructed from a distinctive blend of brick veneer, cut fieldstone and concrete; the original roof was wood shingle. The hand hewn beams and individually cut stones Frost incorporated into the design, provide some superb detailing to the exterior.