James Bronkema – Stay tuned…

Last week while taking a walk through the neighborhood, I stopped in my tracks as I came across a low-slung house with pitched roof segments and an expansive glass façade that afforded a limited view into the interior. The exterior form intrigued me, but what I saw through the glass was equally strikingthis home is every bit as mid-century modern from the inside, outfitted with prime examples of period furniture and decor.

I have now had the pleasure of speaking with the owner, an architect who has been kind enough to invite me over for a tour. What I know so far of the home is that James Bronkema, designed it, an architect/builder who kept busy in Grand Rapids after WWII introducing the city to the then new “modern” style that had grown its roots in California. The newly developing scene in California must have beckoned his talent, as he relocated some time in the 1960’s.

I am very much looking forward to meeting the owner, and learning more about his house. Stay tuned for an upcoming post featuring more of this handsome home.

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