Palmer Woods Historical Archives

19221 Strathcona Drive

Original Owner: Harvey Stowe
Architect: Richard Marr
Style: Greek Revival
Built: 1921

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 originally constructed for Harvey Stowe & Mabel Durand. Stowe and Durand are thought to be the first permanent residents of Palmer Woods. Previously the home of Mayor Mike Dugan.


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 […]
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