Kalamazoo, MI 1949
The McCartney house, located in Parkwyn Village, boasts ~ 1,700ft² of living space. Including 4 BRs/2 full BA; a stunning great room w/ walls of glass centered around 4 FLW-designed tables & newly restored original fireplace, a kitchen with quartz countertops & clerestory perforated block windows, along w/ a plethora of other recent restorations.
Constructed of concrete blocks designed by FLW (cast included) & African Mahogany, featuring an abundance of windows intended to allow its inhabitants close contact with nature through everchanging views of wildlife & the seasons. As described by FLW, this “house is an experimental geometric form: a triangle, or several of them almost a star” is built on a 4′ parallelogram grid, with each wing in the form of a triangle. Commissioned in 1949 by Ward and Helen McCartney, it was the second Usonian home in Michigan to use the diamond-shaped module. The “shallow hip roof has acute 14-degree angles that make up the roof pitch on 2 of the 3 corners, with one razor-sharp eave that is cantilevered 18 feet from heel-to-toe, almost attempting to touch the adjoining slope.”
2021 was a year that brought about a rebirth of sorts for McCartney House, as its newest stewards worked endlessly to restore it to its original luster, w/ careful consideration & focus on making things “Wright.” If you are into architecture, you will love this trophy piece.
*Home is being sold “As-Is.” Included in the sale: 4 triangular FLW Designed Tables, Original Blue Prints, 2 Water Color Paintings by Helen McCartney, Excess Wood, Doors & Various other home components stored onsite.
Photos #1-8 by Emilene Leone