This Michigan Couple Found Out They Own the Last Standing Home by Alexander Girard

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By Deborah Lubera Kawsky / Photos by Brian W. Ferry
The last of a little-known, thought-to-be-extinct breed—a midcentury modern house by Alexander Girard—is discovered near Detroit.

Rob and Mary Lubera sensed something special from the listing for the single-story, post-and-beam structure in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, but they weren’t sure what. It was 2009, and Rob, an estate planning attorney, and Mary, a CPA, had spent more than two years looking for a new home in the affluent Detroit suburb. On a whim, they asked their realtor to add the property to their list, consisting otherwise of historic-style houses.

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