Grand Rapids Symphony Showhouse

The Wilcox Estate in East Grand Rapids was once a series of massive brick buildings built in the 1920’s and used as a recreational compound for the Frederick Wilcox family. In 2010, the owner set out to have the compound renovated into the Grand Rapids Symphony Showcase using local talent. A total of 18 artists and designers were selected for the project, separating the complex renovation into separate projects by room.

I was selected to work on the main living area, along with interior designer, Roberta Lathrop. Together we converted what used to be a three car garage into an elegant living room featuring a Texas limestone fireplace, handcrafted iron work, a grand piano, custom stained glass, glaze, and other commissioned artwork.

Project Highlights

  • Trompe l’oeil mural on the ceiling
  • Wrought iron window gate and stairway railing
  • Custom, handpainted staircase detail
  • Paint and glaze
  • Alabaster sculpture
  • Texas limestone fireplace feature

* Furniture from the John Widdicomb Trade Center. Wrought iron forged by Joshua Evans. Stained glass by Joanne Perko.