Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Turkel House

Two Sundays past, I was invited with my friend Stacey to attend an open house at the recently remodeled Turkel House in Palmer Woods. Built in 1955 by Frank Lloyd Wright, this house clearly defines Wright's Usonian style. The front left of the home, known as the music room, is encased in a series of glass blocks, typical of the Usonian style. 

As we walked around the home, munched on gormet grilled cheeses and listened to the lively chatter intermixed with a trio of musicians, the home felt truly magical. This renovation was no easy undertaking. For the last 5 years the owners have painsakingly restored the details in this home that create an intimate masterpiece.  The harmony and drama of scale is very apparent in the layout of the home.  The cooridor that runs along the front of the home feels snug and cozy, but upon reaching the music room one is greeted with a crescendo of light and the magnificent grandeur of the a full two story room. 

I tried to snap a few pictures, but really wanted to just enjoy the visit (and not be an intrusive guest). Here are a couple photos I took of the renovated master suite. 

HOUR magazine ran a wonderful article last month on the home. Here are some of their pictures:

This was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  What was most exciting of all was seeing a home, that just a few years ago had been left to disrepair, now bursting with a new found energy. I have a feeling though, the energy never truly left.  There was a certian spirit in the air. This is Detroit. Passionate people dedicating their lives to reviving what makes us great. One house at a time.

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