This stunning example of Michigan Modern architecture dating back to 1938 is a perfect marriage of thoughtful preservation and modern interventions. Built and lived-in by famed architect R.S. Gerganoff, this bi-level ranch was built into a hillside overlooking a river and its intentional siting and well-placed windows make every room in the home like the best seat in the house. The home’s existing mahogany millwork is complemented by crisp white walls and new millwork designed to feel like it has always been a part of the home. The kitchen is outfitted with a sleek tambour clad banquette that wraps around a classic Tulip Table and an iconic Nelson Pendant. The panoramic view from the living room’s expansive windows is framed by a mahogany surround with a window seat and soft boucle cushions. The fireplace sits on the wall adjacent to the window seat and is clad in a glazed brick with a mahogany mantle and terrazzo hearth. In addition to the millwork, the home’s historic finishes like the varicolored slate floor in the solarium and mahogany wood paneling found throughout are celebrated and sit comfortably aside the updates to the kitchen and bathroom. The design of this home is a case study in honoring a home’s past while helping a family write its next chapter.




John D'Angelo

  • Interior Design
  • Custom Furniture & Lighting Design
Project Team
  • Miranda Thoma
  • Mary Eskin
  • Patrick Thompson