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I think Affleck in Detroit is available for tours as well. You can also see Turkel and Smith well from the street, as well as the ones around Kalamazoo. The ones around Ann Arbor are not visible from the street (as memory serves).
May - The other poster is right about the schedule...don't miss the Wright/Van Holst/Mahony house around the corner. Still, its not to be missed.
Smith - Usually not open to the public for regular tours. Its occasioanally open through the nearby Cranbrook Museum. Check out the Cranbrook Museum web site. Its still worth a trip, as you get a good look at it from the street. Speaking of Cranbrook, don't miss the Eliel Saarinen house on campus, and regular tours of the interior are offered through the museum.
Affleck - Usually not open for tours, either. Check with the architecture department at Lawrence Tech University, which owns the house. Its a very short driving distance from the Smith house and also worth a look. No one lives in the house, and you can get out and walk around it.
Turkel - Difficult to see by car, as it is located on a busy street (7 mile road). It may be possible to park on the street in Palmer Woods and take a short walk over to the house. Outside of the Palmer Woods corridor, the neighborhood isn't the greatest, so stick to the Palmer Woods boundry. The new owners are carrying out a significant renovation, and you may be able to contact them to view the house up close. They both attended the Conservancy meeting in Detroit last year and seemed like nice people. The house has gotten a lot of local coverage in the media here, and they were very generous with tllowing accessibility to the house.
Palmer - No tours, but you get a good look at it from the street. Ann Arbor is a wonderful town with interesting shops and excellent restaurants, especially on Main Street. The University of Michigan has several interesting things, as well. Word of warning: If at all possible do not schedule your visit on the day of a U of M football game. It gets very crowded downtown.
The Okemos Houses - Brauner, Goetsch-Winkler offer good views from the street. The Edwards house (across the street from Brauner) is covered by foilage and is not easily viewed. IMHO its not a good FLW design anyway. Schaberg is viewable from the street, but you don't get a good feel for the house that way. I once called Don Schaberg and asked him to see the house, and he graciously gave me a tour. A priceless experience, to say the least.
Wall and Goddard - Not visible from the street. Don't waste your time.
Galesberg Houses - Visible from the street, if you're brave enough to go past the "private drive" signs. Eppstein is not lived in, and pretty much abandoned (at least last I heard and saw) so you may be able to get out and walk around it.
Kalamazoo Houses - They are all in the same neighborhood, and three of the four are pretty visible from the street.
Harper - A very cool house with a good view from the street.
Also, if you're into Mies, check out Lafayette Park in downtown Detroit.
I hope that helps. I took a trip to California a couple of years ago, and the folks on this board gave me some valuble tips, so I hope to provide some to you in return!
Meyer May House
450 Madison Avenue S.E.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Open to the public
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sundays from 1-5 p.m.
Last tour starts 1 hr. prior to closing
No reservations needed for groups of 10 or less
Closed on national holidays
Phone: for other questions and group reservations please call 616.246.4821
Alden B. Dow's home and studio has daily tours, and is well worth the side trip to Midland (about 2 1/2 hours from Detroit). They also have a self-guided tour of the many Dow-designed houses in the Midland area.
Eliel Saarinen's house at Cranbrook has tours, and the museum can arrange walking tours of the many sculptures on campus:
Preservation Wayne has walking tours of downtown Detroit through September. If you can't catch a tour, two good stops are the Guardian Building and the Fisher Building - you can wander around public areas in both:
Finally, you could see Henry Ford's Fairlane, a heavily-modified version of Marion Mahoney's Prairie design:
(If the Michigan Tourism Board is reading, I'll take my payment in Traverse City cherry preserves )
-- the Whitehall cottages are accessible but with the exception of the Gerts bridge house (itself unexceptional), they've undergone a lot of unfortunate remodeling.
-- two houses remain standing in Grand Beach, just across the Indiana line. Bagley is unrecognizable as a Wright design but Vosburgh is a cute little job, reminiscent of Bogk in Milwaukee. While you're there, check out Armstrong in nearby Ogden Dunes, Ind. Jack Howe created the addition.
-- Alpaugh is on the Leelanau Peninsula, a remote corner of the northwest Lower Peninsula and located maybe a half-mile off the road. There isn't much to see without binoculars, unless you're willing to roll the dice and trespass by taking the driveway through the cherry orchards.
-- If you do go to Midland to see the Alden Dow Home and Studio and several dozen Dow buildings around town, head to nearby Bay City and check out the prefabriacted Aladdin bungalows just east of downtown.