The legacy of conservation and stewardship at the Stratton House has stretched decades, as far back as its first iteration on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit. The Strattons, as further explored in Dr. Thomas Brunk’s research, connected and found aesthetic value in preserving and utilizing European architectural elements in both iterations of their home. Their love of historical movements and design is beautifully preserved in Stratton House. This love was further manifested through three generations of the Brackett-Morison families: from the early days in the thirties and forties with Katy and Clare Brackett, to their daughter Marilyn and her husband Ayers Sr., and grandchildren from the 1950s to 2016 when we purchased the house. The home truly is an opus to the love of the Strattons, and every family working since to preserve this masterwork.
We were fortunate to have known Dr. Brunk for several years before his passing. We pulled on his deep knowledge of Pewabic Pottery and its history. Dr. Brunk was always generous with his time and helped us piece together the history of the house. He assembled information and wrote many little history lessons to help us understand the Stratton’s life and homes. The following illustrates one of his generous lessons.
– Phillip Morici and Joseph Nieradka, owners