This weekend, the Junior League of Detroit will offer a "sneak peek" of Designers' Show House 2016. As many as 30 area designers help to create the biennial Show Houses, spending months overhauling old homes and restoring them to glory. Tours of the houses then benefit the Junior League's charity efforts. This weekend, visitors can see the home pre-makeover and gauge its potential. Which is huge—the house has amazing bones as our vast collection of Curbed exclusive photos shows.
The 2016 Show House is a 1927 Tudor designed by Benjamin and Straight for Packard vice president Colonel Jesse G. Vincent. The Grosse Pointe Park house has 5,256 square feet and its 1920s lake house amenities include a canal from Lake St. Clair leading directly to a private dry dock. The Junior League won't say the place was a bootlegger's hideout, but copy on the group's website insinuates like a mofo: "While we can neither confirm nor deny stories of rum running, we can point out there is a basement tavern room complete with a bar located just steps away from the boathouse."
Sneak-A-Peek Weekend takes place Saturday, Nov 14 and Sunday, Nov 15. Admission is $5, and the funds support Junior League children's charities in Detroit, including Project EAT. Project EAT provides kitchen kits to needy families, helping them cook and eat meals together at home. Since its first Designers' Show House in 1976, the Junior League has raised over $4 million with the home tours. The completed Designers' Show House will open for tours on May 7, 2016.