Flute House exterior in Royal Oak nearly done

The Flute House has assumed a striking
shape in downtown Royal Oak now that work on its exterior is wrapping

The red-and-off-white building on South Main Street next to
B&B Collision is cruising toward a June finish as work moves

“We’re basically fabricating the interior right now,”
says Keith Phillips, co-founder of Brighton-based The Think Shop Architects and the
designer of the building.

The Flute House at 913 S
Main St. will serve as a high-end flute store and the residence of Ervin
Monroe, the retired principal flutist for the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra. The retail portion will be on the ground floor of the
two-story building, while Monroe’s home will be on the second.

building started out as home to Alegra
Print & Imaging
in the mid-20th Century, and has since played
host to a body shop and brick emporium. The original building will house
a 5,000-square-foot retail shop on the ground floor. The residential
space above measures out to 2,100 square feet.

Source: Keith Phillips, co-founder of The
Think Shop Architects

Jon Zemke