The Forest Lake House was designed and built around a truly iconic piece of Detroit history. An original elevator, more than 100 years old, from the famed J.L. Hudson Building was completely, meticulously restored to its former glory. With this wonderful artifact as its centerpiece, a modern home complete with all of the DesRosiers hallmarks was crafted to showcase it.
I looked at it as a piece of art. It’s sculpture that is functional. I wanted to feature the elevator and show how unique it is in contrast to the rest of the home. The house is a museum for the elevator.
– Lou DesRosiers, Principal Architect
Enter the property through gates that artfully marry stainless steel with Indiana limestone, and as you wind your way down the drive you reach the limestone and mahogany gateway to a genuinely unique, lakeside residence. One that features large overhangs, sweeping fascias and geometric lines.
Constructed primarily of Indiana split face limestone, and various rich woods throughout, the home is literally home to a fabulous example of antique technology. At the same time, it is a luxurious lake house complete with high-tech amenities and living areas that offer unadulterated, breathtaking views.
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