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Richard Marr

Richard Marr was born in Detroit in August 1886. After leaving to study architecture at Harvard, graduating in 1911, Marr then spent two years working in Boston. In 1913, he returned to Detroit to work for renowned architect George D. Mason. Two years later, in 1915, he opened his own office, specializing in residential projects and apartments in Detroit and its suburbs.

During the 1920’s, Marr was known as the “Architect of Midwest Millionaires,” creating upper end homes for some of Detroit’s wealthiest families, including Alfred Fisher of the Fisher Brothers and real estate mogul Harry Stormfeltz. Marr created multiple grand homes in Palmer Woods, most of which were in the Tudor Style, along with many noted properties in Indian Village, Boston-Edison, and Grosse Pointe. When not working on residential projects Marr was involved in designing commercial buildings. Two of his projects – the Architect’s Building and the Palmer Park Boulevard Apartments District – are on the National Historic Register of Places. Arguably one of his more famous projects, the seven-story Architects Building, at 415 Brainard Street, Detroit, was completed in 1924. When completed, the building is believed to have been home to 25 architectural firms.

Richard Marr was a director for the Michigan Society of Architects. He lived in Boston Edison until the late 1940s and died in 1946.

Palmer Woods Homes by Richard Marr

1530 Wellesley Drive

Boasting a lovely conservatory that enhances its unique appearance, this stately Mediterranean style villa was designed by Richard Marr, Detroit’s famed“ architect to millionaires” in 1923 for I.H. Nie, an auto executive at Fisher Body Corp.
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1771 Balmoral Drive

Constructed for Alfred J. Fisher and his wife, Alma, in 1925. Designed by Richard Marr, the home is one of the most impressive Tudor Revival style homes in Palmer Woods,
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19201 Strathcona Drive

Created for Fred C. Thompson, here Richard Marr makes a grand statement with the extensive use of limestone, starting with the Doric columns adorning the 2 story entry portico as well as the quoins, roof balustrade & arched windows throughout the exterior. A protruding 2-story portico into a grand wood paneled foyer with beautifully paneled […]
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19221 Strathcona Drive

A stately Greek revival situated on a one-acre lot, is one of a dozen Palmer Woods homes designed by Marr. This home provides perfectly symmetrical presentation framed by stone quoins, a monumental gabled portico with elaborate dentils, half-fan light in the tympanum and supported by columns and pilasters in the Ionic order. The home was […]
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