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Property Name Kessler, William and Margot (Walbrecker}, House
Reference Number 13000801
State Michigan
County Wayne
Town Grosse Point Park
Street Address 1013 Cadieux Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/30/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000801.pdf
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The William and Margot (Walbreaker) Kessler House is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criteria B and C at the state level as a notable example of the Modern Movement and for its association with architect William Kessler. The Kessler House was designed by Harvard-trained architect William H. Kessler for himself and his family in the early stages of his career, a few years after establishing an architectural practice with Philip J. Meathe and Harry Smith in 1955 (Meathe, Kessler & Associates). Built in 1959, the Kessler House possesses significance in the category of Architecture as an innovative residential design exhibiting the fundamental characteristics of the Modern Movement including its simple geometric form, use of large expanses of glass to bring nature and sunlight into the interior, and its open and free-flowing floor plan. The house is also distinctive for its folded-plate roof supported on a thin steel frame and the incorporation of a brick screen wall on the primary street-facing fa<;ade. Despite Kessler's intention to live and work in Michigan for only a few years, he remained in the state for his entire career developing a successful private practice and contributing significantly to Michigan's architectural legacy during the Modern and Post-Modern eras. Kessler was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AlA) in 1968 for his outstanding contributions to the profession and has been referred to as one of Detroit's greatest modernists. During the second half of the twentieth century, Kessler designed many of Detroit's most recognizable buildings and his work has received numerous awards and citations. The Kessler House relates to the historic context Modernism in Michigan.

 

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