Grosse Pointe Farms mansion holds on to rich thrives from the 1920s

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Built in 1927, this is one of the grand old mansions of Grosse Pointe Farms. Wochit

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View through the arched oak doors in the foyer into the library with its brick and oak paneled walls. At each side of the fireplace a fireside chair is built in.(Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)Buy Photo

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“She’s a grand old lady,“ said the previous owner when he turned over this Grosse Pointe Farms mansion. “Take good care of her.”

“And I have,” said the current owner. That includes coddling the 30-year-old koi who live in the stone pond and calling the 100-year-old Detroit Elevator Company to care for the home’s original Otis Elevator with its bronze gates.

Built in 1927, this is one of the grand old mansions of the Grosse Pointes, full of the flourishes wealthy folks wanted then. There’s the prohibition wine vault — the locked liquor room hidden behind paneling.

There’s the conservatory you see through a broad brick arch — an all-glass room that gets even more sparkle from a new crystal chandelier.

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There’s the grand foyer, where wide arched doors frame views to other rooms.There’s the separate men’s and women’s powder rooms with lounging areas to suit each gender.

There’s the stately staircase, where you climb a few stairs then pause on a landing like a stage, perhaps to wave good night to your guests.  

Owner Mark Stewart has cared for it all and done some gentle adjustments, like changing the kitchen counters and floors to white Carrara marble and making its island bigger. And he’s opened the house up for dinner parties, musical soirees, barbecues, even a Great Gatsby Gala.

“Men came in tux and tails, women in long dresses and furs,” he said.

Stewart is just the fourth owner of the 90-year-old house, and none of them have severely changed it. That’s except for the one change most owners would want, which was done by a previous owner. The many small rooms where servants used to work and sleep have been blended into larger rooms for today’s use.

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Buy Photo “She‘s a grand old lady,” said the previous owner when he turned over this Grosse Pointe Farms mansion. “Take good care of her.”   Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo “And I have,” said the current owner. That includes coddling the 30-year-old koi who live in the stone pond and calling the 100-year-old Detroit Elevator Company to care for the home‘s original Otis Elevator with its bronze gates.   Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The handsome entry foyer has a ceiling of coffered oak and grand arched doors into other rooms.   Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The current owner increased the glamor by adding five more crystal chandeliers.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The grand staircase includes a landing, at left, suitable for greeting or taking leave of one‘s guests.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo There‘s the grand foyer, where wide arched doors frame views to other rooms.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The 32-foot-long living room includes oak paneling, with heavy, carved beams. The beams were all built at the house, using the architect‘s instructions. Casement windows are set into deep frames.   Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The 32-foot-long living room has a fireplace of carved limestone, oak paneling and heavy beams.   Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo A chandelier in the living room.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo Living room fireplace is carved granite. All main floor fireplaces have been converted to gas.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo A sitting area in the living room.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The former morning room has been renamed the Savoy Room and patterned after the Savoy Club in London, with its dark, Egyptian theme.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The fireplace in the Savoy Room.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo A thick brick arch leads into the all-glass conservatory, a four-season room made even more sparkling by a crystal chandelier.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The conservatory has a broad brick arch Ñ an all-glass room that gets even more sparkle from a new crystal chandelier.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo View through the arched oak doors in the foyer into the library with its brick and oak paneled walls. At each side of the fireplace a fireside chair is built in.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo In the library, the fireplace is set into one brick wall with a fireside chair built into each side. It‘s surrounded by bookcases and heavy oak paneling and a wine vault.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The Prohibition wine vault in the library is hidden behind the paneling.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The formal dining room shows elaborate trim and carved plaster around the walls and ceiling.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The formal dining room shows elaborate trim and carved plaster around the walls and ceiling. The house has six fireplaces.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo Sitting area in the dining room.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo A chandelier in the dining room.   Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo Square feet: 8,625  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The butler‘s pantry has the original glass-front cabinets.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The current owner changed the kitchen floor and counters to white Carrara marble and expanded the island to accommodate sitting.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The original kitchen has been redone, expanded and opened up.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The kitchen.   Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The home was designed by noted architect H.F. Stanton, whose drawings come with the house.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The owners‘ suite is one of six bedrooms. Like many rooms in the house, it has a large bay with a built-in window seat.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo A sitting area in one of the six bedrooms.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The view of the backyard from the living room.   Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo Its acre-plus grounds have a koi pond and waterfall, a copper fire pit surrounded by 14-foot sofas, a perennial garden and a fountain.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo A gazebo in a backyard.   Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The roof is slate with copper gutters.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo Built in 1927, this is one of the grand old mansions of the Grosse Pointes, full of the flourishes wealthy folks wanted then.   Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The carriage house has space for three cars and an overhead car wash and drain. Its second floor is a two-bedroom apartment.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo The house stands on the edge of the Country Club of Detroit golf course.   Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo A long driveway leads to the 1927 mansion, with its granite detailing, slate roof and copper guttters.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo Carved granite scrolls enhance the front entry.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo Key features: Grand old Grosse Pointe Farms mansion is in excellent shape with elaborate woodwork, carved plaster walls, glass conservatory, crystal chandeliers, original Otis Elevator, carriage house. Large, landscaped yard, golf course view.   Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press

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So the service corridor on the second floor now has a family pool room, a poker room  and a puzzle room. The third floor has an art space — “a beautiful place to paint or draw” — and a playroom.

As you‘d expect, the original  kitchen has been redone, expanded and opened up to the butler’s pantry, which has handsome original glass-front cabinets.

Stewart bought the house when he came back from living four years in a high-rise in Shanghai. “I just fell in love the moment I saw it,” he said of the sprawling house and grounds.

There’s the grand entry foyer with Pewabic tile and its wide arches. “That really defines the English manor, the Old World charm of the house,” he said.

The grandeur continues with heavy carved woodwork and elaborate plaster designs. Large bays surround main rooms. Tall casement windows are set into deep frames. Stewart  swelled the grand mood with five large new crystal chandeliers.

The original mother-of-pearl buttons used to call servants are still in place and still work.

In winter he especially likes the library, he said. The fireplace is set into one brick wall with a fireside chair built into each side. It’s surrounded by bookcases and heavy oak paneling and a wine vault.

Another favorite room is the 32-foot-long living room, with a fireplace of carved limestone, oak paneling and heavy beams. “It’s a great room to entertain.”

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The mansion was designed by architect H.F. Stanton. His original drawings and instructions are included. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

Drawing on his years living in Europe and Asia, Stewart changed a morning sitting room into a bar and entertaining room in the dark, Egyptian mode of London‘s Savoy Club. He calls it his Savoy room.

The house stands on the edge of the Country Club of Detroit golf course. Its acre-plus grounds have a koi pond and waterfall, a copper fire pit surrounded by 14-foot sofas, a perennial garden and a fountain.

The roof is slate with copper gutters. The carriage house has space for three cars and an overhead car wash and drain. Its second floor is a two-bedroom apartment.

It was designed by noted architect H.F. Stanton, whose drawings come with the house, Stewart said. “It has the descriptions of how to build, where to build and where to place.”

 

Grand mansion on Provencal

Where:  330 Provencal, Grosse Pointe Farms

How much:  $1.75 million

Bedrooms:  6

Baths:  5 full, 3 half

Square feet:  8,625 

Key features: Grand old Grosse Pointe Farms mansion is in excellent shape with elaborate woodwork, carved plaster walls, glass conservatory, crystal chandeliers, original Otis Elevator, carriage house. Large, landscaped yard, golf course view.

 Loraine Muccioli, Johnstone & Jonstone,.

 

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