Walls Can Talk: Robert Snyder, the Buckner Residence, and the Mid-Century Home

The other day I had the pleasure of taking a fantastic (albeit very cold!) field trip to view a mid-century modern home designed by Birmingham architect Robert Snyder.  Snyder studied architecture at Cranbrook’s Academy of Art (1948-1950) and eventually took over as the Head of Architecture (1952-1965). The house, located on Walnut Lake in West Bloomfield and commissioned by Noel and Isabel Buckner, is slated for demolition any day.  I learned about the house from Liz Buckner, who called to donate the original blueprints of the house to the Archives.  Liz offered to give me a tour of the house and I enthusiastically accepted!

View of Buckner House from the drive above, circa 1955. Courtesy Liz Buckner. Detroit Free Press/Ray Pillsbury.

View of Buckner House from the drive above, circa 1955. Cranbrook Archives, Detroit Free Press/Ray Pillsbury.

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