William Palmer Residence

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William Palmer Residence
William Palmer Residence is located in Michigan
William Palmer Residence
LocationAnn Arbor, Michigan
Coordinates42°16′42.92″N 83°42′56.84″W / 42.2785889°N 83.7157889°W / 42.2785889; -83.7157889Coordinates: 42°16′42.92″N 83°42′56.84″W / 42.2785889°N 83.7157889°W / 42.2785889; -83.7157889
ArchitectFrank Lloyd Wright
Architectural styleUsonian
NRHP reference No.99000340[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 29, 1999

The William and Mary Palmer House is a house in Ann Arbor, Michigan, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1952.[2] The home was designed for William Palmer, an economics professor at the University of Michigan, and his wife Mary. It sits on three lots at the end of a quiet, dirt road cul-de-sac. The location is near the Nichols Arboretum, and less than a mile (1.2 km) from the university.


William Palmer was born in Imlay City, Michigan, and studied economics at the University of Michigan; in 1930 he became a professor at the school. Mary Warton Shuford was born in North Carolina and enrolled in the University of Michigan's School of Music in 1935. She graduated in 1937 and married William Palmer. The couple purchased this property in 1949 and began seeking an architect to build their home. After seeing the Affleck house in Bloomfield Hills, they contacted Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright designed the house in 1950.[3]

The house was continuously owned by the Palmer family from 1951 to 2009. It was placed on the market in early August 2008, with restrictions in place.[4] Jeffrey and Kathryn Schox purchased the house in March 2009. Jeffrey Schox, who is a San Francisco patent attorney, spends several weeks a year in Ann Arbor. When he is not in Ann Arbor, the Palmer House will be available for rent as a guest house and as a meeting location.[5]


The Palmer house is a 2,000 square-foot Usonian home. It is located in a hillside and constructed of red cypress and brick. The house has a triangular geometry, with no right angles in the structure.[3] There is a central entryway with three wings extend off from that: a bedroom wing to on side, a living room and terrace wing to the other, and a smaller carport perpendicularly. The hipped roof is long and dramatic, with a low slope and wide overhangs extending over each wings; it is clad with cedar shingles and copper.[6]

A small garden house to the rear contains a collection of Wright-designed furniture.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - MICHIGAN - Washtenaw County". National Park Service.
  2. ^ Grace Shackman (2002). Ann Arbor in the 20th Century (Images of America: Michigan) (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)). Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 106. ISBN 0-7385-2010-1.
  3. ^ a b c "About". Frank Lloyd Wright Palmer House. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Tina Reed (2008-08-04). "Ann Arbor's only Frank Lloyd Wright house goes on the market for $1.5 million". Ann Arbor News. Archived from the original on 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-05.
  5. ^ "Buyer for Ann Arbor's Wright home will allow visiting dignitaries to rent the house". Retrieved 2009-04-27.
  6. ^ "William B. and Mary Shuford Palmer House". Michigan Modern. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  • Storrer, William Allin. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. University Of Chicago Press, 2006, ISBN 0-226-77621-2 (S.332)

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