||This house, built in 1904 for John Kirby, has perhaps
Lakewood's most distinctive facade. Gothic-arched windows and Flemish-influenced
dormers are just some of the heady mix of features that make this house
so visually tantalizing. It cannot possibly be all taken in at a mere glance.
This house was designed by architect George Kauffman, who had a reputation
for very atypical, "quirky" sorts of designs. At least two other houses
on this block are Kauffman-designs, as was the now-gone house of Nelson
Cotabish (once Lakewood Mayor), which was located on Detroit at the southwest
corner of Cohassett.
This is the end of the driving-tour.
From this point, through, you may wish to conduct a walking-tour of Cohassett,
and the adjacent Grace and Clarence avenues, largely in the blocks bounded
by Detroit and Franklin. The Cohassett Avenue development was begun in
1903. The Grace and Clarence development was begun in 1892. The latter
two streets were named after a daughter and son of the developer, Ezra
Nicholson. These three streets are full of elegant "cottages" built during
the turn-of-the-century. Most fortunately retain their original architectural