Granot Loma is a fifty-room log lodge near Marquette,
Michigan, with 5,000 acres of woodland, his-and-hers
wine cellars, a nine-car garage and a "gentleman’s
farm and barns". It was a massive restoration effort
took 6 months, replacing one-third of all the logs.
Owner, Tom Baldwin says, "There are lots of new
log house builders, but few people restore old log houses.
It’s a lost art. Now, you can’t tell the
difference between the new and the old. It’s pretty
amazing what you can do with a chain saw."
Located on a point, Lake Superior buffeted this lodge
on three sides for sixty years. It was handcrafted in
saddle-notch, full scribe style. Over the years the
logs had shrunk, allowing air and water to infiltrate.
Settling also contributed to the log deterioration.
American Log Restoration used several hundred Michigan
white pine logs that were fully cured and dried. They
used a drawknife for peeling and adapting the logs to
blend into the structure. This lodge was placed on the
National Register of Historic Places.
This work was featured in Architectural Digest - The
International Magazine of Interior Design and Architecture
- in May of 1995. The article is Granot Loma In Michigan's
Upper Peninsula - A Classic American Retreat on the
Shores of Lake Superior.
Year Built: 1926
Year Repaired: 1994
Log Repair / Replacement