Summer Road Trip To Glen Arbor, MI

BY Taylor Rebhan

Introducing guest writer Meghan McEwen, the genius behind Honor and Folly, Detroit’s finest bed and breakfast. We recently found out that Meghan would be taking a trip “Up North”—a summer ritual which in Michigan-ese means a trip to practically anywhere on the peninsula north of Flint. We thought it would be a fine idea to have Meghan report back with a lively post about her adventures in northern Michigan’s great outdoors. Her first installment centers on a summer lake house designed by the modernist architect Harry Weese.

A second post by Meghan is coming soon, and we have posts from other guest writers coming next week, so stay tuned. For now, we’ll let Meghan take it away

Tucked into the wooded shores of Glen Arbor just a few minutes from Sleeping Bear Dunes—arguably Michigan’s most popular summer tourist destination—sits another, far more secretive jewel: a trifecta of summer lake houses designed by Harry Weese (1915-1998). The notable modernist Chicago architect, responsible for projects like the Time-Life Building in Chicago, had a fondness for Michigan, likely due to the fact that he went to architecture school at Cranbrook Academy, where he met—and was inspired by—talents like Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen.

These days, the original two Weese family lake houses get rented out, giving lucky guests the chance to experience Weese’s genius first-hand: in the woods, on a lake. They remain Weese’s only projects in Michigan, residential or otherwise.








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