Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 026-027 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
Bloomfield Township Public Library Subject
Architects -- United States Subject
Bloomfield Township (Mich.) Subject
Vaughan House (Bloomfield Township, Mich.) Item Number
part of 'Bloomfield Blossoms' by Kay Smith Type
text, image Format
WORLD FAMOUS ARCHITECTS DESIGN
Many architects renowned allover the world for their
buildings and others nationally known are represented in
the Bloomfield area. In other places they have designed
airports, government buildings, hospitals, museums,
industrial buildings and art centers. In Bloomfield the same
master architects have drawn plans for houses, homes for
their owners to enjoy and for other residents to see and
The trend toward excellence was begun by Albert Kahn,
who was the architect for several of the early mansions.
The Couzens house, 'Wabeek' pictured on page 13 is
an example of his work. In the Twenties and Thirties,
Eliel Saarinen conceived and executed his plans for the
Cranbrook complex. Many of his buildings are illustrated
on page 135.
Frank Lloyd Wright was the architect in the Forties for both
the Melvin Maxwell Smith house on page 29 and the
Gregor Affleck house pictured on pages 140 and 160.
Three greatly admired contemporary architects have built
here since the Fifties. Minoru Yamasaki has several
examples of his work in the area, the latest of which, his
own home in the Township, is pictured on page 11. Alden
Dow, a Michigan architect with an international reputation,
designed the Lynn Townsend house on page 17 and
Edward Durrell Stone did the original Matheson house
which is on page 141.
Michigan architect Wallace Frost has many many houses in
our area to his credit. An early Frost house is the Yntema
French Provincial house on page 18 and a later Frost, in
his contemporary period, is that of Dr. Howard H. McNeil1
on page 19.
Eero Saarinen, when he lived in Bloomfield, occupied the
historic century-old Vaughan house on Vaughan Road.
Beside it he built the only house he designed for the
Bloomfield area, a small one for his mother. Both houses
are pictured here.