In the past, there were some truly breathing large log cabins in North America, unfortunately, many of these have since burnt down or have otherwise been destroyed. One of the "last great log cabins of the Adirondacks" is Granot Loma which is reputed to be the largest surviving log cabin in the world.

Granot Loma is perched on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Penninsula and is much more than just a log cabin, and is certainly a step up from many of the remote gateways one finds on Lake Superior. If one would like to see an even larger estate home, then visit the Biltmore House in Asheville, in western North Carolina, that home is likely larger than any estate one would find in England.


Granot Loma And The Gilded Age

Granot Loma was built by over 400 Scandinavian craftsmen between 1919 and 1923 at great expense. It was built by Louis Graveraet Kaufman who wanted a summer home worthy of rivaling the wooded retreats built by the Gilded Age magnates in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.

  • Built: Between 1919 and 1923
  • Cows: Once Had Around 200 Milking Cows
  • Logs: The Pine Logs Were Shipped From Oregon By Train

In its day it used to milk 200 cows on its farm although its apple orchard still exists. There are another 13 buildings on the property and they include a guest house with four apartments, a playhouse, servants' quarters, four garages, and a tennis court designed by the legendary Bill Tilden.

  • Complex: There Are 13 Other Buildings On The Estate Some Distance From The Main House

One fun fact is the name of the estate is a random hodgepodge of letters from the names of Louis Graveraet Kaufman's first three children and his wife.

  • Architects: Kaufman Had 22 Architects To Design The Building
  • Western White House: Gerald Ford Wanted To Transform It Into His Western White House

Louis Graveraet Kaufman was a wealthy (obviously) Marquette banker who helped draw up the plans and finances for the Empire State Building. He even helped assemble the companies that became General Motors Corp - that's still America's largest automaker (although Telsa has ambitions to eclipse it in the next few years).

Louis Kaufman died in 1942 and his wife, Marie, also passed away five years later in 1947. After Marie's death, farming at the estate ended and by around 1950 the lodge was essentially abandoned. It was only used for special occasions and the Kaufam family finally sold it to Tom Baldwin in 1987 who then proceeded to restore the massive house.

The stuff of movies, it has a rich history of powerful and influential men - including Gerald Ford who at one time intended to transform Granot Loma into his Western White House according to its website.

There were even rumors that Mohammed Ali tried to buy the site in the 1970s and turn it into a boxing camp.

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The Massive Size of Granot Loma

This monstrosity of a log cabin spans some 26,000 square feet and is made from Oregon pine. It even boasts over a mile-long private beach and an island on Lake Superior. It contains 50 rooms including a steam room, indoor boathouse, and private marina directly on Lake Superior

  • Biggest: Biggest Log Cabin In The World
  • Size: 26,000 Sq Feet
  • Rooms: 50 Rooms (Including 23 Bedrooms, 13 Bathrooms)
  • Private Beach: Over A Mile of Private Beach On Lake Superior

One room called "The Great Room" measures 140 feet in length. It boasts a massive fireplace, a chandelier made from the root of a giant tree that is covered in wood carvings of insects and animals, two 30 foot tall totem poles, and more.

  • Bedrooms: 23 or 26 Bedrooms
  • Baths: 13 Baths
  • Fireplaces: 26 Stone Fireplaces

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The Granot Loma Estate Today

Granot Loma is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on County Road 550 north of Marquette. It has been built in the tradition of the Great Camps of the Adirondacks.

Today it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (since 1991). Granot Loma was restored to its former grandeur in 1987. It is without a doubt one of the most spectacular pieces of property in the region. It was listed for sale in 2015 for $40 million.

  • Listed: Listed On the National Register of Historic Places (since 1991)
  • Most Expense: The Most Expensive Resident In Michigan
  • Estate: The Estate of Granot Loma Is On 5,180 Acres That Includes Extensive Woodlands Along The Shores of Lake Superior

Today Granot Loma is available for rent. No prices or any information is disclosed on its website and one should submit an inquiry to discuss details and for pricing.

While it is a massive log cabin, it's built on a steel frame that sits on a two-yard thick concrete foundation.

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