Roger Margerum has been an influential Detroit architect, having worked on projects such as Hart Plaza. Now 77, he has finally turned his design attention to himself, building a modern home set at a 45-degree angle near the Detroit River.
Darron Green, an architect at SmithGroup and the current Detroit
chapter president of [National Organization of Minority Architects], said Margerum is a walking memory bank of
black architectural history in Detroit.
"He's been there and done that, and we're really just trying to find out what he knows," Green said.
In a way, Margerum's new house is a reaction against not just
look-alike suburban subdivisions but against some of the new rebuilding
projects in inner-city Detroit.
"Houses are being replaced with the same housing styles, resulting in a
new 'old' Detroit," he said. "In many of the completely abandoned
areas, there's now an opportunity for a new Detroit image to
reestablish neighborhoods with more distinction of a truly new Detroit."
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