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Mark Twain Development

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1927–1931, Miller-Storm Company. 11310–11344 Mark Twain Ave.

These sturdy, compact, and unpretentious, but charming, neo-Tudor bungalows exemplify the many houses designed and built throughout the city by the Miller-Storm Company with prices ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 for people of moderate means. The dwellings at 11310 through 11344 Mark Twain Avenue are illustrated on page 69 of the company's booklet, Good Homes: A Book Designed to Help You Plan, Finance and Equip Your Home (1929). The owners of these homes worked for the nearby Electric Refrigeration Plant (later, in 1937, Nash-Kelvinator, then American Motors, and later still Jeep Truck and Engineering). On Plymouth Road at the head of Mark Twain Avenue, a towered administration building, erected in 1927 to enhance the neighborhood, fronts the plant. The Detroit News (February 1, 1931) praised the plant for its utility and beauty, “The lines of the buildings are wholly honest and structural.” The administration building was designed by Amedeo Leoni, the industrial layout by Wallace McKenzie, and the tower enclosure and industrial units by William E. Kapp—all of Smith, Hinchman and Grylls.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert
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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Mark Twain Development", [Detroit, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MI-01-WN49.

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 77-78.

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