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This historic Grosse Pointe Farms estate is loaded with original details

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Simply beautiful!

30 Preston Place All photos courtesy Barney Nowicki, First Impression Photography

Today, we’re going just a bit outside our normal area to look at a pretty spectacular home in Grosse Pointe Farms. This estate sits on just over an acre right near Lake St. Clair. The home is nearly 8,900 square feet and is listing for $1,970,000.

Before we talk about the history, take a look at some of these amazing details in the woodwork, created by the American Artist Willam Zorach (1889-1966).

30 Preston Place
30 Preston Place

And these bathrooms! Gorgeous!

30 Preston Place
30 Preston Place

This home, built for Louise Webber (niece of JL Hudson) in 1932, has seven bedrooms, four full and two half bathrooms, an artisan, hand-carved library, beautiful plaster moldings, seven natural fireplaces, and Pewabic tile throughout. The kitchen is also pretty great, with massive amounts of storage.

30 Preston Place

Also included? A giant yard (it does sit on three parcels) with a pool. Could some of the flooring in the house be redone? Sure. But it is quite the lovely house and a great example of Detroit area architecture and design. Here’s a look inside.


Webber lived in the house until she died in 1960. It was also owned by Edward and Jessie Frohlich, who were big supporters of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Interlochen Music Academy for years.

The listing agent is Mia Bardy with the Signature Sothebys in Birmingham. Stay tuned for details on a possible pop-up tour with the Grosse Pointe Historical Society next month.