Last week we presented 1048 Yorkshire, completed, in 1917, by one of Detroit’s most accomplished architects C. Howard Crane, for Bertrand C. Spitzley, one of Detroit’s more prominent, and successful realtors.

This week we are going to explore one of the lost mansions on Windmill Pointe – number 15444. Completed, in 1951, the 4,712 sq ft property was situated on close to two acres of land overlooking the lake. It was a beautiful five bedroom English Tudor style home, constructed of brick with a slate roof, with delicate limestone detailing on the front elevation.

The interior featured stunning architectural details throughout, in particular the walnut paneling in the living room, reception hall and stairway, along with a walnut beamed…

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Last week we explored the superb formal residence of 281 University Place, completed in 1918, by Charles Kotting, for Harold Palmer.

This week we would like to present 1048 Yorkshire, completed, in 1917, by one of Detroit’s most accomplished architects C. Howard Crane, for Bertrand C. Spitzley, one of Detroit’s more prominent, and successful realtors. We have mentioned Mr. Spitzley a couple of times recently – his home at, 849 Balfour, designed by J. Ivan Dise, in 1923, along with his involvement as the listing agent in the sale of 281 University Place, in 1937.

The portfolio of architect C. Howard Crane could be described as one of the most varied of any architect during the first quarter of the 20th Century. Having designed more than 250…

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Last week we explored 849 Balfour. J. Ivan Dise completed the 4,326 sq ft Tudor revival home, in 1923, for Bertrand C. Spitzley, president of the Houseman-Spitzley Corporation, and one of Detroit’s more prominent, and successful realtors.

This week we head to the superb formal residence of 281 University Place, completed in 1918, by Charles Kotting, for Harold Palmer.

281 University is one of the grand manor houses of Grosse Pointe. The formal Georgian property is constructed of brick. The exterior features large arched windows on the first floor, and exquisite limestone detailing - around the windows, the lintels (above the front door), and the quoins on the corners of the home. The walls, in the 8,800 sq ft residence, are believed to be 18”…

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Last week we presented 1011 Yorkshire. Ladue & Rahles completed the historic Colonial, in 1916, for Edmund F. Poupard, a member of the respected Poupard family who owned one of the original ribbon farms that once lined the shores of Lake St. Clair.

This week we stay in Grosse Pointe Park, and head to the prestigious street of Balfour, and to number 849. J. Ivan Dise completed the 4,326 sq ft Tudor revival home, in 1923, for Bertrand C. Spitzley. 

J. Ivan Dise created close to 20 homes in Grosse Pointe, plus a very recognizable public building in the Farms, the sewage pumping station (located at Chalfonte Avenue and Kerby Road). Dise was born in Pennsylvania in 1887. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, in 1909 he began his…

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Last week we explored 15882 Lakeview Court, designed by renowned Detroit architect Gino Rosetti, in 1977 as his own residence.

This week we travel back to 1916, and to one of the earlier homes built on Yorkshire, number 1011. Ladue & Rahles designed the historic four bedroom 4,100 sq ft Colonial home for Edmund F. Poupard, a member of the respected Poupard family who owned one of the original ribbon farms that once lined the shores of Lake St. Clair that included the lot 1011 Yorkshire was built on. 

The Poupard Family was extremely prominent, and, at the time, one of the most prosperous in the Grosse Pointe communities. Edmund, son of Charles and Mary Poupard, was born in Grosse Pointe, 1876, and died in 1961. His grandfather, Simon, was one of…

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