Inspired by the seaside cottage communities of Cape Cod, South Cove is a distinctive coastal development on the shores of Lake Michigan. The resort complex was designed by Weese and Associates of Chicago to allow residents direct access to their boats without the usual interference caused by roads, structures, or other obstacles. Boaters at South Cove may literally “park their crafts next to their kitchens.”
Individual units feature gable- and shed-roof forms, glazed window walls facing Lake Michigan, wood shingles, and weathered clapboard siding. Through the repetition of popular architectural forms, the variety of living spaces ranges from efficiency apartments to three-bedroom, multilevel homes. Like most Harry Weese designs, South Cove seems harmonious with its waterfront setting, and it reflects the architect's belief that good designs must respect their architectural and natural contexts. Weese studied planning and architecture under Eliel Saarinen at Cranbrook Academy. Another Michigan project by Weese is Lake Michigan College (1970) at Benton Harbor.