William Livingstone House
The William Livingstone House, constructed in 1893, commonly called Slumpy, was a French Renaissance house located in the Brush Park district of Detroit, Michigan. William Livingstone selected Eliot Street in Brush Park and hired architect Albert Kahn who was working for the George Mason-Zachariah Rice firm. When he obtained this commission – presumably with Mason’s help – Kahn was only 22 or 23 years old and had just returned from spending 1891 in Europe studying the classical architecture of the Old World.
Kahn's decision to design in a French Renaissance mode for the home reflected the time he spent sketching the best Gallic architecture. Originally built about one block to the west of its final resting place to the west of John R. Street, the Red Cross intended to demolish this home for their new building. Preservationists succeeded in successfully moving the Livingstone Home about one block to the east, but the building languished for many years before partially collapsing and being demolished on September 15, 2007. The William Livingstone House was commemorated in a painting by Lowell Bioleau entitled Open House which was unveiled the day of its demolition.
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- Open House.