Last week we headed to arguably one of the most prestigious streets in Grosse Pointe - Provencal - to review an impressive Georgian residence, 34 Provencal, completed in 1912, by architectural legend Louis Kamper for John Scripps Sweeney Sr. 

This week we head to another iconic Georgian residence, the majestic 211 Vendome, designed by Robert O. Derrick in 1929, for Franklin Caldwell Walker, grandson of whiskey baron Hiram Walker. The 18,158 sq ft property is set on two and a half acres and is possibly one of the finest homes in Grosse Pointe.

211 Vendome is a classically styled Georgian home with all the many traits one would associate with this style of residence built in the 1920’s. Grosse Pointe Farms, during the 1920’s, was a time of change,…

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Last week we presented the story of another lost home on the lake, 575 Lake Shore, also known as “Clairview. The Italian Renaissance “palace” was designed by Detroit based architect John Scott, between 1911-15, for Dr. Harry Norton Torrey and his wife Nell Ford (sister of Stella Ford who owned “Stonehurst”, located at 500 Lake Shore).

This week we head to arguably one of the most prestigious streets in Grosse Pointe - Provencal - to review an impressive Georgian residence, 34 Provencal, completed in 1912, by architectural legend Louis Kamper for John Scripps Sweeney Sr.

34 Provencal, located on the first block from Lake Shore, is one of the earliest residences to be built on the street. The elegant brick home is created in a Georgian…

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Kay Agney is a business owner, supporter of local non-profit organizations, and a well-known and respected figure in the community. Kay is also one of the most successful real estate brokers in Grosse Pointe. So much so, for eight out of the past ten years Kay has been named as one of Hour Detroit Magazines Real Estate All Stars, continually listing her among the top 5% in her profession.

On her way to becoming one of Grosse Pointe’s Real Estate All Stars Kay has been on quite a journey. It all began on a warm summers’ night during the late 1960’s when Kay and a group of friends were driving along Lake Shore. As she marveled at the twinkling lights next to the lake Kay remembered thinking to herself that she had never seen so many schools and…

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Last week we went back in time to review one of the former grand homes on Lake Shore, 500 Lake Shore, also known as “Stonehurst”. The early English Renaissance “castle” was designed by Pittsburgh architect Albert H. Spahr, in 1917, for Joseph B. Scholtman and his wife Stella Ford.

This week we head to another lost home on the lake, 575 Lake Shore, also known as “Clairview”, part of the collection of beautiful homes that brought turn-of-the-century elegance to the shores of Lake St. Clair. Image is courtesy of © Indiana Limestone Company. Courtesy, Indiana Geological and Water Survey, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

575 Lake Shore, “Clairview”, an elegant Beaux-Arts Italian Renaissance “palace”, was completed between 1911-1915, for…

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Last week we explored historic 35 Fisher Rd. Completed in 1909, this iconic home was designed by Smith, Hinchman, & Grylls - one of the leading architectural firms in the United States at the turn of the century. 35 Fisher Rd started out as Grosse Pointe’s first telephone exchange for the Home Telephone Company, serving the community for around eight years. 

This week we go back in time to one of the former grand homes on Lake Shore, welcome to 500 Lake Shore, also known as “Stonehurst”. The early English Renaissance “castle” was designed by Pittsburgh architect Albert H. Spahr, in 1917, for Joseph B. Scholtman and his wife Stella Ford. 

In 1914, after returning from a three-month honeymoon abroad, Joseph Scholtman commissioned Albert H. Spahr…

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Last week we reviewed a home created by contemporary architect Anne (Krebs) Crane, 15 Moorland - she designed for her and her husband, builder George C. Crane. Ms. Crane, in conjunction with her husband, was responsible for the design and/or build of several outstanding modern properties in Grosse Pointe from the 1950’s through to the beginning of the 1990’s.

This week we head to historic 35 Fisher Road. Completed in 1909, this iconic home was designed by Smith, Hinchman, & Grylls - one of the leading architectural firms in the United States at the turn of the century. 

35 Fisher Road (original address was 285 Fisher Rd) started out as Grosse Pointe’s first telephone exchange for the Home Telephone Company, serving the community for around eight…

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