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Miller-Storm Company Office

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1927, Charles Noble. 12001 Linwood Ave.

The “Home of Homes” of the Miller-Storm Company is a classy, neo-Tudor building posing as a residential complex that responds to its corner location with gable dormers, half timbering, and display windows on both Linwood and Elmhurst avenues. The office was a veritable showroom for the homes sold by the company and may even be classified as “a duck,” as the term was developed in Robert Venturi, Steven Izenour, and Denise Scott Brown's Learning from Las Vegas (1972). It offered customers home plans, a library, displays of building materials, appliances, and construction methods. George W. Miller and Arthur S. Storm organized the company in 1921. Their objective, as described in their publication Good Homes (1929), was to address the problem of home shortages in the city with “sturdy, attractive, modern homes.” Miller-Storm Company built all types of single and multiple dwellings at reasonable prices, notably the Mark Twain Development ( WN49). The office had land contract, financing, planning, designing, and construction departments, and the company had branch offices throughout the city and suburbs. Today apartments occupy the building.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert
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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Miller-Storm Company Office", [Detroit, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MI-01-WN82.

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 96-96.

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