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13722 Peninsula Dr., Traverse City // Cedar Creek Interiors, 231.933.4321, cedarcreekinteriors.com
If you’ve stopped at home #5 on the tour, then you’ll already understand the concept of “beauty is therapy,” as pioneered in Northern Michigan by Dr. James Munson, the first superintendent of Traverse City State Hospital (the present Village at Grand Traverse Common development) and the namesake for Munson Medical Center. What kind of house did this man who believed in beauty build himself? Welcome to the gracious former Munson residence, built in 1880.
Under the guidance of Cedar Creek Interior’s Kim Hooker, the Munson house has recently undergone a tasteful renovation that has resulted in a high-end home that preserves the home’s authentic core. Located on Bowers Harbor, this quietly sophisticated house still features elements from Munson’s time, including a glazed brick foyer, fieldstone fireplace and built-in buffet. Later owners added a beautifully landscaped pool and a charming sun porch. The new owners have given Cedar Creek Interiors carte blanche to update the home in keeping with its history. Watch for new period-style lighting, floor and wall covering and a completely updated kitchen.