Last week, in part 2 of relocated, we presented two historic properties that were relocated within Grosse Pointe – they have been fully maintained, restored, and stand today as a reminder of the communities architectural origins in the early 19th century.

This week we head to one of Grosse Pointe’s more noted French Normandy residences – 273 Ridge Road, in Grosse Pointe Farms. 

This superb example of French Normandy architecture is one of the most distinctive homes in Grosse Pointe. It was completed in 1928, for Owen R. Skelton, chief design engineer at Chrysler, and member of the Automotive Hall of Fame. The design is attributed to Alvin E. Harley. Image courtesy of Library of Congress. 

273 Ridge Road is a grand 7,437 sq ft residence.…

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Last week, in part 1, we presented two grand properties, once neighboring residences that were located next to the river in Indian Village  - they were relocated brick by brick to Grosse Pointe.

This week we continue the story of homes that have been relocated with two smaller historic properties that have been moved to new location(s). 

A site near Provencal and Lake Shore Road – relocated to 376 Kercheval Avenue 
Part of following research is courtesy of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society. In 1823, Detroiter Pierre Provencal, a Indian Agent turned farmer, constructed a Greek Revival timber framed farmhouse, on a plot near the foot of Provencal, for himself and his wife Euphemia St. Aubin. At the time the couple didn’t have any children of…

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Last week we went to Lincoln Road to review three superb properties designed by George W. Graves.  Located on the same block between Maumee and Jefferson, they were completed between 1910 and 1918, in Georgian, Colonial, and English Tudor styles. 

Over the next couple of weeks we would like to present the story of four homes that have been relocated. These homes vary in size, and all four were relocated prior to 1930 - from just around the corner to several miles away - an incredible undertaking both logistically and architecturally. This week, in part 1, we focus on two grand properties that were once neighboring residences next to the river in Indian Village.

15520 Windmill Pointe – Relocated from 8192 East Jefferson Avenue
In 1903, John B.…

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Last week we presented 824 Lake Shore, the old and the new. The original Mid-century modern home that was located on the property, and what is now a 5,490 square foot contemporary residence. 

This week we head to Lincoln Road, and to three large properties designed by George W. Graves. The properties are located on the same block between Maumee and Jefferson, and were completed between 1910 and 1918. The architectural styles of these homes encompass Georgian, Colonial, and English Tudor approaches. 

330 Lincoln
330 Lincoln was built in 1910, for Cameron B. Waterman, a lawyer, and inventor of the outboard motor.  The property stands on a large lot, at the corner of Maumee in the village of Grosse Pointe. The striking 7,696 sq ft Georgian styled…

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Last week we explored “Rose Terrace II” – arguably the most acclaimed residence to be designed, built, and razed, in all of the Grosse Pointe communities. And one of the finest houses of its kind to be built in the United States

This week we turn our attention to 824 Lake Shore, the old and the new. The original Mid-century modern home that was located on the property, and what is now a 5,490 square foot contemporary residence.

The Old
The history of 824 Lake Shore dates back to 1948, when J. Ivan Dise completed the Mid-century modern home for Mr. Anthony Motschall, a business executive in Detroit. The home was part of the growing trend for contemporary homes that were being constructed on the lake in Grosse Pointe Shores during this era. 

The…

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