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Wingspan (Talbert and Leota Fry Abrams House)

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Talbert and Leota Fry Abrams House
1950–1951, William H. Baugh with Grover M. Pratt. 1310 Cambridge Rd.
  • (Professor James C Perkins (Owner since 1986))
  • (Professor James C Perkins (Owner since 1986))
  • (Professor James C Perkins (Owner since 1986))
  • "" (Professor James C Perkins (Owner since 1986))

The contemporary light yellowish-brown and gray sandstone ranch house, essentially a long rectangular form with rounded corners bisected by a shorter, similarly round-cornered rectangle, was appropriate for its original owner, aerial photography pioneer Talbert Abrams (1895–1990). Abrams founded the Abrams Instrument Corporation and Abrams Aerial Survey Corporation in 1923. He explained that the shape of an airplane's shadow on the upper surface of a cloud bank as he and his wife, Leota, were flying at fifteen thousand feet inspired the plan of this house.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Wingspan (Talbert and Leota Fry Abrams House)", [Lansing, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 295-295.

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