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Valentine Falzon Cottage (Stone Castle)

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Stone Castle
c. 1929–1939, Valentine Falzon. 7345 Elm St.

This whimsical beach-stone cottage tells of the persistent creativity and energy of Valentine Falzon. A Maltese immigrant skilled in stone cutting, Falzon imaginatively and painstakingly built this cobblestone cottage while unemployed during the Great Depression. He used such found materials as Lake Huron beach stones, cast-iron radiator sections, and wooden produce crates. A pentagonal porch with pointed-arched windows projects from the front of the one-story, square building, and a two-story, pentagonal wing with a balustrade roof and castellated tower extends from the side. A cobblestone fence marked with gateposts topped with miniature replicas of the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa surrounds the house. Falzon ornamented the yard of this delightful personal fantasy with a three-tier planter and a wishing well of cobblestones.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert



Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Valentine Falzon Cottage (Stone Castle)", [Lexington, 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, 355-355.

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