September 2010

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A Hero From Hamtramck

If life were like a Saturday-matinee serial, the further adventures of Vincent Markowski would have had a more upbeat, action-packed ending. However, this was Hamtramck, not Hollywood, and Markowski — better known to the world as Tom Tyler — had come to his sister’s large frame house on Moenart Street to suffer a slow, tedious death. Only 50, the celluloid action hero and Western movie actor was afflicted by a rare and frightening disease that had already cost him his looks, his marriage, and his livelihood.

Rescuing a Landmark

Norm Silk and Dale Morgan make a living creating centerpieces and designing social spectacles. But their decision to buy and restore a famous-pedigree house in Detroit brought a role reversal of sorts: Suddenly, they were in the spotlight.

Scene Stealers

Photographed at Cranbrook House & Gardens, Bloomfield Hills
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