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Sweet serendipity steppe m
at every turn with this Tudor-
style home — open to the
public during Temple Israel's
annual house tour.
Lynne Konstantin I Design Writer
Brett Mountain I Photographer
or years, Victoria Roth had her eye on
a classic English Tudor-style home in
Birmingham's Poppleton Park. Built in
the 1920s by Harvard-educated Detroit architect
Richard Marr for Ernest Seaholm, the chief engi-
neer for Cadillac, the structure appealed to her
own English sensibility. Raised in the suburbs
of London until she was in middle school, Roth
grew up in what is referred to as a Mock Tudor,
or Tudor Revival home, whose inside is more like
So when she and her husband, Brian, a physi-
cian, decided to look for a new home, Roth knew
she wanted the style of an authentic 1920s Tudor.
She often drove past the Poppleton Park home
for inspiration, even knocking on the door once
to ask some questions. "The homeowner was so
gracious and kind;' says Roth. "She invited me in,
and I immediately felt at home!'
Not surprising, because the home's interior
designer, the late Brian Killian, was a great friend
and mentor to Roth's own longtime designer,
Richard Ross, owner and designer of Richard
Ross Designs in Royal Oak, who also had worked
with Roth's mother.
"What I loved about this home is that it has
a wonderful open floor plan, but it still has the
charm of stucco walls and original doors and
features:' says Roth. "It has all the charm of a
Tudor, but it doesn't feel stodgy and is full of
bright, natural light."
Roth and her husband bought a plot of land
and made plans to build a home modeled after
the Tudor she admired, but delays stretched out
for three years. When they were finally ready
to break ground, Roth received the call that the
object of her affection was on the market. "The
planets had aligned for us," says Roth."It was
The Brian and Victoria Roth home is one
of six homes, ranging from contemporary
to traditional, open to the public through
the 19th annual Temple Israel Sisterhood
House Tour. It runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 30. $25/advance tickets;
$30/day of tour. For details, call (248) 661-
5700, or visit temple-israel.org .
The Baker dining-room table belonged to Brian Roth's grandparents. "He has a lot of memo-
ries of family dinners at that table," says Victoria Roth. New Baker chairs encircle the
table; the limestone-topped iron console was in the foyer of the Roths' previous home.
Do you have a home you'd like to share with the community? Contact Lynne Konstantin at email@example.com .
May 10 • 2012