One of Grosse Pointes most prestigious homes is now for sale. Located at 315 Washington, Grosse Pointe Farms, the Ralph Harmon Booth house was built in 1923. 

It was designed by Marcus Burrowes a versatile architect who had a long and very distinguished career working with the crème de la crème of architectural talent in Detroit in the early 20th Century, including: Albert Kahn, William B Stratton, and Frank C. Baldwin.

The 11,505 sq ft home was built for Ralph Harmon Booth, president of Booth newspapers and a major arts patron in Detroit. Aside from being responsible for influencing the City of Detroit to construct the Detroit Institute of Arts (in 1922-1927) he also donated a large amount of art and funding to the organization.

No expense was spared in building, what was once described, as one of one of the most superb homes in the state of Michigan. The design is a mix of Tudor, early English Renaissance style and is spectacular inside and out – a reflection of Booth's immersion in the world of arts and Burrowes talent as a designer. 

The house is constructed from brick with a slate gabled roof, and stunning limestone detailing. A pair of stone twisted baroque columns adorns the entrance to the 6 bedrooms, 10 baths (7 full, and 3 halfs) and 6-car garage (3 attached) residence. On the first floor the majority of the ceilings are 12.5ft high, and many of the rooms have beautiful wood paneling. Amongst many of the superb architectural details is the libraries’ fireplace, and walnut paneling from Standish Hall, London, while the dining room features pecan paneling and hand-carved columns from Hamilton Palace in Scotland. In the 1940’s noted local architect Leonard B. Willeke designed a rose garden and terraces at the property. 

The current owners have renovated the home from top to bottom. This stunning property is move in ready. The home is listed for $1,850,000. To view full details please click here: or call our office to schedule a tour.

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