HART, MICH. - When Allan and Patrice Martin took ownership of the 112-year-old Bates home earlier this year, their goal was to restore the home to a condition befitting of its iconic status in the City of Hart, Michigan.
The Ludington Daily News reports, what is now the Hart House Bed and Breakfast had many of its original architecturally significant pieces removed over the years. While researching the home’s past, the Martins desired to include reproductions of the original beveled glass as part of a more than $250,000 restoration project.
Following a search to find a glass artist to restore the home’s windows to their original state, the Martins learned very few artists in the United States do the sort of work they desired. Through word-of-mouth, Patrice learned of Omnibus Studios and its founder, Richard Hanley, fewer than 20 miles away in New Era, Michigan.
“I was ready to give up on having the windows returned to their original glory,” Patrice said. “Once we found Richard and saw his work we instantly knew we wanted him to recreate the glass for our historic home.”
The six-guest-room Hart House Bed and Breakfast is scheduled to open Oct. 17, but before the opening, many of the final touches of the renovation project need to be completed, including the installation of faceted glass designed and created by Hanley and his team.
“When we met with the Martins, I knew this project held historic significance to the Hart community,” Hanley said. “My team and I are honored to be a part of the restoration of the 112-year-old Bates home.”
The Bates home was originally a gift from George Bates to his wife, Estelle Moore Bates. It was designed by architects, E.A. Rush and Company, of Grand Rapids, Michigan and features a blend of Tudor and Craftsman elements. One of only two known structures of this design, the home has its smaller twin in Grand Rapids’ Heritage Hill Historic District.