Tuesday, February 25, 2014

House Beautiful Indeed

W. Hawkins Ferry is best known for authorizing the definitive book on Detroit architecture, "The Buildings of Detroit." But he was also a philanthropist, collector, educator and modernist and was responsible for such great things as the core of the Detroit Institute of Art's modern art collection, the Marcel Breuer-designed Grosse Pointe Public Library and his own International Style home on the shores of Lake St. Clair, designed by noted local architect William Kessler in the 1960s.

Built as a house for art and entertaining, the residence was featured as the cover story in the September 1969 issue of House Beautiful. Here are a couple scans of this really incredible house to inspire you, or make you feel really inadequate. Most of the art you see in there (dig the Giacometti sculpture) can now be found at the DIA. The floorplan should be helpful to you when the time comes for you to design your own home.

Interior view of the Hawkins Ferry House in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI. (From the Sept 1969 issue of House Beautiful).

Rear view of the Hawkins Ferry House in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI. (From the Sept 1969 issue of House Beautiful).

Interior view of the Hawkins Ferry House in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI. (From the Sept 1969 issue of House Beautiful).

Floor plan of the Hawkins Ferry House in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI. (From the Sept 1969 issue of House Beautiful).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am most fortunate to spend each Christmas Eve in this beautiful home!!

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