Grosse Pointe is a rarity in that it has an abundance of diverse and distinctive homes. One of the most unique homes in the community is 15500 Windmill Pointe Drive, Grosse Pointe Park. Not only does it have a memorable exterior, the interior is just as fascinating – it is possibly the only home on the lake that has a canal running from Lake St. Clair into a dry dock located under the living room.
The architectural firm of Benjamin and Straight designed the home in 1927, it is believed this is the only house in Grosse Pointe they worked on. It is also not known how many homes the duo created during their career, when the partnership was formed or how long it lasted, but we can confirm they worked on a home in Huntingdon Woods, 1925 for Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Andre.
15500 Windmill Pointe Drive
The house on Windmill Pointe Drive was designed for American aircraft designer and Head of Engineering at Packard Motor Car Company, Colonel Jesse G. Vincent. Prior to living in the home it is believed (according to research on detroityes.com) that Vincent lived at 938 Balfour – a spec home designed by noted architect Leonard Willeke – which was completed in 1922.
Vincent’s new home on Windmill Pointe was created in the English Tudor style. The three-story 5,256 sq ft home is constructed of brick and masonry with a slate roof, and handsome copper gutters. The home contains many unique features. Extensive wood floors along with wood paneling is present in several rooms on the first floor, including the dining room (21’ x 15’) and the superb living room (20’ x 33’), which also features a sizable stone fireplace and a partially paneled balcony.