Walter Gerts Summer Cottage

Date: 1902
Address: 5292 South Shore Drive, Whitehall MI
City: Whitehall, Michigan
Accessibility: Private
Category: Residential
Restoration status: Partially demolished

Like the cottage designed for Mary Gerts, the Walter Gerts summer home was finished in board and batten siding and exhibits a simple plan. In his early writings on architecture, Wright argued that residences required only a single “broad” and “generous” chimney, with a fireplace that justifies its great size. Accordingly, a wide, shallow chimney projected out from the gently pitched roof of the cottage, and a large brick-faced fireplace marked its center. The house had front and back porches, a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, and servant’s quarters.

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