Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture: The George Gerts Bridget Cottage
Frank Lloyd Wright was known to have designed and constructed several homes and cottages in and around the Great Lakes area. In the state of Michigan, he produced several of these homes as well as several year-round residences. The George Gerts Double House Bridge Cottage is located in Whitehall, Michigan.
The George Gerts Double House and Bridge Cottage are often listed as two separate works. There are two projects listed in Frank Lloyd Wright: Architect (written by Robert McCarter;) one of which listed as “PR#0202” for George Gerts and “PR#0203” for Walter Gerts, though both projects share the same address. Meanwhile, in William Allin Storrer’s book, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog; the home is listed as a single project.
Through this research, it has been established that the property once featured a smaller home for Walter Gerts. That home was then integrated into the construction of the larger home for father, George Gerts.
Early Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture: The George Gerts Double House Bridge Cottage in Whitehall, Michigan
The George Gerts Double House Bridget Cottage is located on the south shore of White Lake in Whitehall, Michigan, just north of Muskegon. The property on which the home was built was owned by his son, Water Gale, for whom Wright had also designed a home for in Oak Park, known as the Walter Gale House (1893.)
The most interesting part of the George Gerts Double House Bridge Cottage is the bridge taht crosses over the Birch Brook, which empties into White Lake. The bridge feature would also be used in one of Wright’s later works, the Fred B. Jones house, also known as Penwern, on Lake Delavan in Wisconsin.
The interior of the home boasts 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a great room with measurements of 24 by 36 feet that overlooks the lake, 1 natural gas fireplace and 1 wood-burning fireplace; all combined for a grand total of 1,788 square feet. There is also a detached 2 car garage, as the original garage was converted into a wood shop.
The George Gerts Double House Bridget Cottage Today
Visitors should be aware that this home is not visible from the road. Therefore, it would only be possible to view the home via trespassing and this is discouraged. Though the home is for sale, it is important to respect the privacy of any current and future owners.