Putting On a Show House – It’s starting!

It’s mid September, the kids are back at school and the crisp autumn weather is just around the corner. Here at the Junior League of Detroit we are already turning our attention to our 21st biennial Designers’ Show House.

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Given that the main event doesn’t start until May 7th 2016, and time seems to move so quickly we have started early. We have already begun to plan our Sneak A Peek weekend, which takes place on November 14th and 15th, 2015.

The Sneak A Peek weekend provides an excellent opportunity for members of the public to see the house. People come to this event for a number of reasons, some come to focus on the architecture, while others come to see the empty rooms before the wonderful interior designers transform them.

The house is amazing, and those of us who have seen it are very excited by its history, layout and uniqueness. Located at 15500 Windmill Pointe Drive, Grosse Pointe Park, the house was designed by architects Benjamin and Straight in 1927 for American aircraft designer and VP of Engineering at Packard Motor Car Company, Colonel Jesse G. Vincent.


The 5,256 sq ft English Tudor style home features a unique canal that runs from Lake St. Clair to a dry dock under the living room, 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.


The Junior League of Detroit hopes to take advantage of the individuality of the home to introduce several activities at the Sneak A Peek weekend. At this stage this is still in the early planning phase, but we hope to have more information to share with you in next months blog post.

In the mean time the planning and preparation continues, and aside from the Sneak A Peek weekend there is much to think about – but that’s the way we like it and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Every month we will be writing a blog post to share updates, stories, event news, and covering all that is entailed when it comes to ‘Putting on a Show House’.

Welcome to the Junior League Designers’ Show House, the journey starts here!

Written by Katie Doelle
© 2015 Junior League of Detroit

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