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"Open House"

acrylic / canvas
MicroPointillist*
45 x 72 inches
120 x 180 CM
Lowell Boileau
2007

$4800

“Open House” is a possiblist painting of the William Livingstone House which stood a little more than 2 blocks from the Intersection of Woodward and Martin Luther King in Detroit Michigan.

The house is renowned for being the first design by a young [soon to be superstar architect] Albert Kahn.  Built in 1893, its existence came to an end on September 15, 2007, by coincidence the very same day the painting “Open House” was completed.

The name ‘Open House’ contains a double entendre. In the painting, guests arrive at an illumined open house party.  The accompanying print out of the house in its last days shows the 114 year old Livingstone House ripped wide open by the forces of nature and the results or a poorly executed attempt to move the house in the 1990’s.  Its sagging turret earned it the name “Slumpy” by the Detroit community of urban photographers.

William Livingston House Detroit
"Slumpy" wide open in 2007
just prior to its demoliton.


See also:
-William Livingstone and his house on 1701Detroit:

*Yellow, red and blue - onl colors used.
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