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Architect Sigmund Blum’s modernist residence in Franklin seeks $1.4M

Built in 1970, the geometric home is perched on a hillside overlooking a lush ravine

Photos by Mikes Reflections, courtesy of listing agent Kes Miskinis

In suburban Franklin, Michigan, fans of modern architecture have a unique chance to purchase the personal residence of notable Detroit area designer Sigmund F. Blum. Built in 1970, the geometric wood and metal structure was featured in a 1972 issue of Architectural Record highlighting the homes that architect’s design for themselves.

The three-bedroom house is perched on the edge of a sloping site above a ravine and stream that is a northwest branch of the Rouge River. The home’s vertically organized layout features oversized picture windows and a balcony to take full advantage of the surrounding natural landscape. The mostly white interior spans 3,840 square feet and includes numerous skylights as well as a dining area that cantilevers over the main living area.

“For being 50 years old, the property is really ahead of its time,” listing agent Kes Miskinis told Curbed. “But it’s not for everyone.” The Blum House re-listed earlier this month seeking just shy of $1.4 million. The price was reduced several times since the home hit the market last summer for $1.7 million.