Welcome to the Detroit Towers – 8162 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit

Probably one of the most elegant and sought after residential buildings in the community is the Detroit Towers.

Constructed in 1925, the distinctive eighteen-story red brick and cast stone tower, overlooks the Detroit River – offering some of the best views in the city.

Built in the Roaring Twenties for luxurious living (at an estimated cost of $1.6 million – around $22m today) the 18-story building contains thirty-four large units, two per floor. Each unit contains 9 rooms including servant’s quarters, and is around 2,400-2,800 sq ft.

Chicago architect Walter W. Aschlager designed the structure. He had a stellar reputation, and was nationally known for his design of hotels, skyscrapers and motion picture palaces. Having established an office in Detroit at the beginning of the 1920’s Aschlager was arguably at the peak of his career when he designed the residence.

Given its prominence and luxurious apartments the new Tower on the river attracted many prominent and wealthy figures from the community, including –

  • Benjamin Gotfredson (Unit 5-B) – president of American Automobile Trimming Company of Detroit. He lived in the Towers for five years from 1925 until 1930.
  • Charles E. Sorensen (Unit 6-A) – vice president and general manager of the Ford Motor Car Company. He lived in the Towers from 1926 until 1945.
  • James Scripps Booth (Unit 15-A) – is the eldest son of George Gough Booth, the director and president of the Detroit News. In 1913, working alongside his uncle William E. Scripps, together they formed the Scripps-Booth Cyclecar Company, which subsequently became a division of Chevrolet in 1916. Booth continued to design automobiles until the mid 1930s, also serving as a trustee for the Cranbrook Foundation and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
  • Howard Crane (Unit 12-B) – a prominent architect throughout Metro Detroit, Crane is arguably the nation’s most accomplished theater designer; he designed over 50 in Detroit alone. He lived in the Towers from 1925 until 1934.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Very little has changed since its construction, and the Towers remain an extremely desirable address.

Unit 6-B is now for sale – the next owner of this superb apartment will have the opportunity to live in one of the most sought after residences in the City of Detroit. Please click here for full details, or to schedule a tour please call Higbie Maxon Agney: 313 886 3400

Open Houses for this weekend – Sunday, August 13, 2017 11:00 am -2:00 p.m.:

HMA has an open house this weekend – Sunday, August 13, 2017

Kurt Drettman will be holding open 32039 Riverdale, Harrison Township

Huron Pointe Sub. House sits on LARGE DOUBLE LOT!! 100×150 ft. Boat hoist (Holly hoist /rated 20,000+ lbs.) Room for a pool/ BIG side yard. Open canal w/ beautiful bay views across street. Open kitchen concept. Wood floors and exotic wood cabinetry, 3 bedrooms with office. Plumbing in office suite to allow for additional 1/2 bath. Master bedroom has balcony, some built in furnishings, tray ceilings. Upstairs has open rec. room with more great water views. Stunning stamped concrete water side patio w/ walkway along break wall. Great waterside Cabana/rec. room. 75 gal.hot water. Marvin windows. New roof (late 2015) Painted/stained 2016.New furnace 2017. One of a kind, custom, quality materials.  This 2,917 sq. ft. home is listed for $624,900.

 

 

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We look forward to seeing you!

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Historical Architecture of Grosse Pointe – Welcome to Lakeland – Part 3 (1928 – 1955)

Welcome to part three of our Lakeland exploration in Grosse Pointe City. Over the past couple of weeks we have investigated some fabulous homes. Part one explored several residences completed between 1909 and 1924, while part two presented numerous houses constructed between 1924 and 1927.

Lakeland has a wonderfully diverse selection of architectural styles that have evolved during a period of significant growth in the Grosse Pointes. We are fortunate enough to be able to see the transition that is so clearly evident on this street – from the grand 12,000 sq ft Georgian home created for John M. Dwyer in 1909, to the exquisite French provincial residence completed in 1927, through to the modern colonial home completed in 1955.

We begin our final review of Lakeland with number 340, completed in 1928. Crombie and Stanton, who had completed number 355 Lakeland the previous year, designed it for Arthur B. McGraw.

Built on a large 1.14-Acre lot the stunning English manor house is a brick construction, with slate roof, and 3 stunning interlocking brick chimneys on the front elevation. The front of the 3-storey home features a magnificent bay window, and a wonderfully detailed front entrance with five rows of brick set within a step formation leading to the front door. The large windows result in huge amounts of light flooding each room, thus emphasizing the magnificent architectural detailing that includes a dragon holding a compass in its talons on the textured ceiling in the living room.

In 1933 two bedrooms and a bathroom for the maids were added to the first floor, along with a bedroom suite on the second floor.

340 Lakeland – Courtesy of Grosse Pointe Historical Society

340 Lakeland

Completed in 1929 is number 315. This magnificent 7,274 sq ft Tudor residence was designed by one of Detroit’s most significant architects George D. Mason. As renowned Detroit historian Clarence M. Burton once wrote, quite simple George DeWitt Mason was “the dean of Detroit architects”.

315 Lakeland

315 Lakeland

 

With a career spanning over 50 years Mason created many historic buildings in and around the city, along with several superb homes in Grosse Pointe. Over a period of 21 years he designed 10 homes in the community – grand structures, very distinctive style, with individual personalities. You can read his full story in by clicking here – part 1; part 2; and part 3.

Also finished in 1929 is house number 521 – a 3,179 sq ft Colonial residence. Hilary Micou, who constructed an enormous amount of homes in the Grosse Pointes, built it. Many of his properties span several decades – from the late 1920’s through to the late 1950’s. This is quite possibly one of his earliest projects in the community.

521 Lakeland

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Open Houses for this weekend – Sunday, July 9, 2017 1-3 p.m.:

HMA has an open house this weekend —  Sunday, July 9, 2017 1-3 p.m.:

Melissa Singh will be holding open 19735 Woodmont, Harper Woods

Hardwood Floors! Fireplace in living room! Neutral decor! Florida room overlooks deep lot!  This 1,146 sq. ft. home is listed for $99,000.

 

 

For more detail please visit: http://ow.ly/pxC530dhYTC

 

We look forward to seeing you!

For a full list of this weekend’s Open House’s visit: http://ow.ly/OfcZr

 

 

 

 

Historical Art of Grosse Pointe – 50th Anniversary of the Higbie Maxon Agney logo

We hope you had a wonderful Independence Day!

This week we wanted to tell the story of a historical piece of art and celebrate its 50th anniversary – our very own distinctive Higbie Maxon Agney logo.

Originally commissioned by Mr. Higbie, the initial logo was created in 1967 by the prestigious design team of Walter Buhl Ford and Harley Earl, owners’ of Ford and Earl Associates.

Over the course of its history it has undergone several iterations to the original design in order to reflect the changes to the companies name – as depicted by the three images below.

Harley Earl was an industrial designer, and a pioneer in changing the way cars were designed in the US. As the originator of sculpted clay models as a design technique in the auto industry, he was also instrumental in creating the wraparound windshield, the hardtop sedan, factory two-tone paint, and tail fins: Source Wikipedia.

Harley Earl – Courtesy of Wikipedia

Earl was major influence in modernizing the auto industry, its culture, and is remembered as the first styling chief in the United States. In December 1999, he was ranked, by the Detroit Fee Press, as the third most significant Michigan artist of the 20th century, behind Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. Source Wikipedia.

In 1945, Earl, while continuing in his role as head of GM styling, set up his own consulting firm, specializing in design, packaging and exhibits.

Walter Buhl Ford II, an influential patron of the Arts at the DIA, and the College for Creative Studies, was a descendent of Detroit’s banking Ford family. In 1943 he married Josephine Clay Ford, the granddaughter of Henry Ford. He graduated with a degree in architecture from Yale University and worked under Harley Earl at General Motors. In 1948 Ford established his own company, focusing on space planning, industrial design and interior design.

In 1964 Harley J. Earl, and Walter Buhl Ford merged their respective companies to create Ford and Earl Associates.

We are very proud of the history and heritage of our wonderful logo, and feel very honored that two such prestigious designers created such a distinctive emblem for our company that was established 88 years ago.

 

Written by Katie Doelle
Copyright © 2017 Higbie Maxon Agney & Katie Doelle

 

If you have a home, building or street you would like us to profile please contact Darby Moran – Darby@higbiemaxon.com – we will try and feature the property.

(For more historical information on Grosse Pointe, visit Grosse Pointe Historical Society).

Kay Agney celebrates over 30 years in Real Estate as an ‘industry legend’ at the 21st annual Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate fall conference

Kay Agney, broker/owner of Higbie Maxon Agney (HMA), recently attended the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate annual fall conference in Aspen, Colorado for members of the prestigious network. HMA is the only regents member from Grosse Pointe Farms.

The annual conference brings together a global collection of the finest luxury real estate brokers in the world to share their knowledge and connect with fellow luxury professionals.

A highlight of this year’s event was the expert panel discussions led by prominent members of the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate network. Kay was invited to be part of the panel comprised of ‘Industry Legends’ – realtors who have 30+ years experience in real estate. Members of the panel were asked to participate in a video offering an insight to their hugely successful careers by sharing – the key to their staying power, their leadership philosophy, inspiration, and what high or low point has taught them the most during their career.

Kay was honored to speak as an industry legend. Not only did she enjoy sharing what she has learned throughout her career, but also she always welcomes the opportunity to connect with the next generation of real estate innovators and fellow luxury professionals.

LRElion_JS_r1Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate – known in the industry since 1986 as the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate network, a global collection of the finest luxury real estate brokers in the world, this group of more than 130,000 professionals with properties in more than 70 countries, collectively sells in excess of $190 billion of real estate annually.

Members are selected by Chairman/Publisher John Brian Losh, one of REALTOR Magazine’s 25 Most Influential People in Real Estate and broker of fine properties through his Seattle-based brokerage firm, Ewing & Clark, Inc.

 

Grosse Pointe Open Houses for this weekend – Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.

HMA has an open house this weekend—Sunday, September 25, 2016 2-4 p.m.:

Cathy Cain will be holding open 515 Shelden, Grosse Pointe Shores

This wonderful family home is located a stone’s throw from Lake St Clair and is within walking distance to Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and Shores park.  This home is offering a fenced back yard, spacious bedrooms, eat in kitchen and a large three season sun porch.   The dining room and living room have large bay windows. There are built in cabinets in dining room and family room. A curved stairwell greets you in the foyer. The home has two newer AC and furnace units. Come take a look at this house. It only needs your updating touches. This 3,622 sq. ft. home is listed for $550,000.

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We look forward to seeing you!

 

For a full list of this weekend’s Open House’s visit: http://ow.ly/OfcZr

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grosse Pointe Open Houses for this weekend – Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.

HMA has an open house this weekend—Sunday, August 28, 2016 2-4 p.m.:

Melissa Dagher Singh will be holding open 76 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Shores

Charming Farm house with warp around porch, attached garage with work room. Beautiful grounds surround the house and patio with gazebo roof. Close walking distance to Lake Shore and the lake front community park. This house shows very well, move in condition and very well maintained. House received Grosse Pointe Shores Centennial designation in 2015. This 1,722 sq. ft. home is listed for $274,900.

76 Vernier

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We look forward to seeing you!

 

For a full list of this weekend’s Open House’s visit: http://ow.ly/OfcZr

 

Grosse Pointe Open Houses for this weekend – Sunday, August 7, 2016 2-4 p.m.

HMA has an open house this weekend—Sunday, August 7,  2016 2-4 p.m.:

Melissa Dagher Singh will be holding open 19937 E.Williams Court, Grosse Pointe Woods

Spacious semi-Ranch located on a quiet cul-de-sac! Family room overlooks beautifully landscaped backyard! First floor bedroom! Two full baths! Solarium with hot tub and sauna! Paver lined walkways! This 2,320 sq. ft. home is listed for $269,900.

19937 E. William

 

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We look forward to seeing you!

 

For a full list of this weekend’s Open House’s visit: http://ow.ly/OfcZr

 

Higbie Maxon Agney Open Houses for this weekend

HMA has two open houses this weekend—- Saturday, July 16, 2016 1-3 p.m. and Sunday, July 17, 2016 2-4 p.m.:

Darlene D’Amico will be holding open 19019 Wicklow Drive, Macomb Township

Saturday, July  16, 2016 from 1-3 p.m.

Exceptional brick colonial located in desirable Brook Run subdivision. Four bedrooms, Enormous First floor master with vaulted ceilings, bay window and walk in closet. Oversized Master Bath with jetted tub and extra-large shower. Living Room with dramatic two story foyer, fireplace and views of stairway balcony. First Floor library with wainscoting and large windows. Eat in gourmet kitchen with two bay windows and granite counter tops, island, stainless steel appliances, and extra cabinets. Three additional oversized bedrooms. Beautiful patio and awesome three car garage. This 2,800 sq. ft. home is listed for $339,000.

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Melissa Dagher Singh will be holding open 76 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Shores

Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.

Charming Farm house with warp around porch, attached garage with work room. Beautiful grounds surround the house and patio with gazebo roof. Close walking distance to Lake Shore and the lake front community park. This house shows very well, move in condition and very well maintained. House received Grosse Pointe Shores Centennial designation in 2015. This 1,722 sq. ft. home is listed for $285,000.

76 Vernier

For more detail visit: http://ow.ly/fjjj301BQoQ

 

 

We look forward to seeing you!

 

For a full list of this weekend’s Open House’s visit: http://ow.ly/OfcZr