Grosse Pointe contains only a handful of truly modernist homes. What we lack in volume we more than make up in quality. Most of the surviving homes are jewels created by noted masters.
What makes this all the more special is that several of these masters chose to create their personal residence here. One excellent example is the Louis and Anita Rossetti House.
Louis Rossetti may not be a house hold name, but his work is some of the most recognizable in Metro Detroit, including Cobo Hall, Jeffersonian Apartments, the Federal Mogul Staff Office Building (Southfield) and the Sisters of Mercy Roman Catholic Novitiate Chapel (Farmington).
It is here, however, in Grosse Pointe Park that Rossetti chose to build his home at 1145 Balfour. With its timeless styling and architectural detailing, the contemporary design stands out as a rare find amongst the Tudor and Colonial Revival-style residences. Despite its vastly different styling, the Rossetti house does not look out of place in the neighborhood and sits comfortably within its surroundings.