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Why Betsy DeVos’ summer home looks like a ‘beached whale,’ according to an architecture critic

Leanna Garfield
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In Holland, Michigan, there's a 22,000-square-foot behemoth facing Lake Macatawa. The nautical-themed mansion serves as a summer home for Betsy DeVos, the Trump administration's Department of Education secretary.

While the custom home was likely expensive, architecture critic Kate Wagner argues that it reeks of bad design. Wagner has written for places like Architectural Digest and Curbed, but is best known for founding the blog "McMansion Hell," where she publishes memes that poke fun at huge, horribly-designed homes. (Generally, McMansions describe properties that span at least 3,000 square feet and feature a hodgepodge of nonsensical architectural styles. The homes started becoming popular in the 1980s.)

When asked to describe DeVos' waterfront home in a few words, Wagner replied a "beached whale."

She explains more below.

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