This post will show you the delightful outing to the so-called mushroom houses in Charlevoix, MI. From 1918 to 1973 stone artist Earl A. Young built, with great love, care and artistry, a number of buildings, mostly private homes, using the rocks and boulders so easily found in this area at that time. The rocks are leftovers from the retreat of the glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age. Mr Young was so passionate about this endeavor that he hand selected most each and every stone and boulder he used.
Here we start our tour on Park Avenue, one of the three main areas for the mushroom houses.
Now known as "The Thatch House" this home was Earl Young's first stone house and he built it for himself and his wife soon after they were married. In 2015 it underwent a major renovation which included the thatch roof that dramatically changed the appearance of the original construction.
This was a fascinating day tour with fairy tale overtones and I was so happy we got to go.