First Northern Michigan Distinctive Architecture Home Tour Showcases Local Talent in 7 Stunning Northern Michigan Homes on Saturday, Sept 10th

Northern Home & Cottage Magazine & Northern Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Join Forces to Present Wide-Ranging Home Styles to Benefit Habitat for Humanity.

The wide-ranging architecture showcased on Saturday, September 10th from 10 am to 5 pm in the Distinctive Architecture Home Tour produced by the Northern Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture and Northern Home & Cottage magazine seems beautifully at home in the varied landscape of Northern Michigan. Participants in this first ever tour will be treated to seven beautiful examples of architecture by local architects from the urban chic of two downtown Traverse City lofts to a new Mission-style home at the tip of Old Mission Peninsula, then on to two Cinderella-style renovations of Traverse City neighborhood homes. Additionally the Distinctive Architecture Home Tour presents an Old Mission home designed by renowned Northern Michigan architect Glenn Arai (1925-1998).  Advance tickets are $10; tickets the day of the Tour are $15 and all proceeds benefit the Grand Traverse Region Habitat for Humanity.  

Advance tickets can be purchased online at MyNorth.com/tickets or at any of the Northern Michigan locations listed below. Tickets are also available at each of the homes on the Distinctive Architecture Home Tour on the day of the Tour, Saturday September 10th from 10 am to 5 pm for $15. Home addresses are listed below.  

A preview of the Northern Michigan homes on the Distinctive Architecture Home Tour is available in two ways. First, all seven homes are photographed and described in the August issue of Northern Home & Cottage, available inside the August issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine http://shopmynorth.com/magazines/august-2011-traverse-northern-michigan-s-magazine.html and at every tour location along the tour. Plus, on MyNorth.com, managing editor Elizabeth Edwards hosts a video tour of the Darga home, second on the list of homes in the August issue of Northern Home & Cottage. http://mynorth.com/video/?vid=3952  

In addition to showcasing Northern Michigan’s rich talent pool of architects, The Distinctive Architecture Tour supports the Grand Traverse Region of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat's commitment to sustainability will provide a brighter future for our homeowners and our Northern Michigan community. To volunteer to help with the Distinctive Architecture Home Tour, please contact the Grand Traverse Region of Habitat for Humanity. http://www.habitatgtr.org/aia-home-tour-september-10th/  

Grand Traverse Region of Habitat for Humanity 1129 Woodmere Ave. Suite F
Traverse City, MI 49696 Office Phone: (231) 941-4663

Advance ticket locations:  

Black Star Farms Tasting Room 10844 East Revold Road, Suttons Bay 231.944.1270

Brown Lumber 1701 South Airport Road, Traverse City 231.947.1400

Floor Covering Brokers 1794 Barlow Street, Traverse City 231.941.4700

Honor Building Supply 10635 Main Street, Honor 800.444.6396

Muriel's 238 East Front Street, Traverse City 231.933.9745

Northern Lumber 1480 South West-Bay Shore Drive, Suttons Bay 231.271.3804

The Concrete Service 3743 West Front Street, Traverse City 231.946.7880

Directions to Distinctive Architecture Home Tour Addresses  

1. Michael Fitzhugh AIA- 237 E Front St, suite 301, Traverse City, MI  49684 Located on Front St in downtown Traverse City just east of the State Theatre and above Red Ginger restaurant. Enter the left doorway adjacent to Red Ginger, and take the elevator to the third floor. Please do not take the stairs. They are locked at the third floor.

2. Michael Fitzhugh AIA- 101 N Park St, suite 504, Traverse City, MI  49684 Located on Front St in downtown Traverse City just east of Horizon Books. Use the lobby entrance on Front St between Horizon Books and Grand Traverse Pie Company. This is a secured building. Please use the call box to ring Unit 504. This will open the lobby door and unlock the elevator to the fifth floor.

3. Sarah Bourgeois AIA- 526 Ahgosa Trail, Traverse City, MI  49686 From US-31 (E Grandview Pkwy) at the intersection with S Union St travel south on S Union to Eighth St. Turn left (east) and travel 2.1 miles passing Cass St, Garfield Ave and Munson Ave (US-31). Turn right (east) on Ahgosa Trail.

4. Ken Richmond AIA- 605 Webster St, Traverse City, MI  49686 From US-31 (E Grandview Pkwy) at the intersection with S Union St travel south on S Union passing Front St. Turn left (east) onto E State St and travel 0.6 miles to Franklin St. Turn right (south). Continue two city blocks to Webster St. The Viskochil house is on the northeast corner of Franklin and Webster Streets.

5. Ray Kendra AIA- 8768 N Bayshore Dr, Elk Rapids, MI  49629 Take US-31 North from Traverse City to Elk Rapids. Turn left at the stop light in Elk Rapids, then immediately turn right onto Bayshore Dr.  The house is the first on the left past the public beach.

6. Glenn Arai AIA-  7446 East Shore Rd, Traverse City, MI  49686 From US-31 (E Grandview Pkwy) at the intersection with Garfield Ave travel north on M-37 onto the Old Mission Peninsula. Continue on M-37 as it becomes Center Road. At McKinley Rd turn right (east) until the road ends at East Shore Rd. Turn left; the house is immediately on the right.

7. Mark Humitz AIA- 14335 Beautiful Shores Rd, Traverse City, MI  49686 From US-31 (E Grandview Pkwy) at the intersection with Garfield Ave travel north on M-37 onto the Old Mission Peninsula. Continue on M-37 until the intersection where the road splits into Peninsula Dr and Center Rd. Turn left onto Peninsula Rd and continue for approximately 10 miles to Ne-Ah-Ta-Wanta Rd just north of Bowers Harbor. Turn left and continue about one mile to Shipman Rd. Turn right and continue about ½ mile to Beautiful Shores Rd. Turn left. The house is the second on the right.

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About the Northern Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

AIA Michigan works to enhance the architect's position as the leader of the building team and designer of the built environment. The AIA Michigan mission is achieved through public advocacy, education and fellowship. The AIA Michigan chapter is committed to developing and disseminating policies that enhance the natural and built environment and by influencing legislation and regulatory policies that improves the effectiveness of the profession. And we are active in educating the public to the value of the profession; education of members to a higher standard of practice; and education of students to the changing needs of the profession. Finally, we promote fellowship among our members through activities that promote interaction between the members and allied professionals.  

AIA architects remain current with professional standards through continuing education and subscribe to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assure clients, the public and colleagues of their dedication to high standards in professional practice. Look for the AIA initials after the name of any architect you consider for your project.