Indian Village, Detroit

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Indian Village, Detroit
Indian Village Historic District - Detroit Michigan.jpg
Homes in Indian Village
Location Detroit, Michigan
 United States
Coordinates 42°21′37″N 82°59′46″W / 42.36028°N 82.99611°W / 42.36028; -82.99611Coordinates: 42°21′37″N 82°59′46″W / 42.36028°N 82.99611°W / 42.36028; -82.99611
Built 1894
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Renaissance Revival, Spanish Mission Revival, Federal, Georgian Revival, other
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 72000667[1]
Added to NRHP March 24, 1972

Indian Village is a historic, affluent neighborhood located on Detroit's east side, bound to the north and south by Mack Avenue and East Jefferson Avenue, respectively, along the streets of Burns, Iroquois, and Seminole.[2] The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1]

Description[edit]

The district has a number of architecturally-significant homes built in the early 20th century. A number of the houses have been substantially restored, and many others well kept up. Bordering Indian Village to the west is West Village, with additional historic homes, townhouses and apartments.[2]

Many of the homes were built by prominent architects, such as Albert Kahn, Louis Kamper and William Stratton, for some of the area's most prominent citizens, such as Edsel Ford. A lot of homes are very large, with some over 12,000 square feet (1,100 m²). Many have a carriage house, with some of those being larger than an average suburban home. Some of the houses also have large amounts of Pewabic Pottery tiles.[2]

Indian Village has very active community organizations, including the Indian Village Association, Men's Garden Club & Women's Garden Club. The neighborhood hosts an annual Home & Garden Tour the first Saturday of June, a neighborhood yard sales in September, a holiday home tour in December, and many other community events.[2] The neighborhood contains many historic homes including that of automotive entrepreneur Henry Leland, founder of Lincoln and Cadillac, who resided at 1052 Seminole St.[2]

Education[edit]

Detroit Public Schools operates area public schools.

Residents are zoned to Nichols Elementary School,[3][4] Marcus Garvey African Centered Academy K-8 for middle school,[5] and Southeastern High School.[6] On previous occasions Butzel Middle School served Indian Village.[7]

Private schools serving Indian Village include the Benjamin E. Mays Male Academy, the Detroit Waldorf School and Detroit Friends School.[4] Cornerstone Schools formerly operated the K-5 Iroquois Campus in Indian Village.[8][9]

Architecture[edit]

Name[10][11] Image Year Location Style Architect Notes
John Beaumont House 1911 1090 Seminole Federal Donaldson and Meier Founding member of law firm of Smith, Beaumont, and Harris.
Arthur and Clara Buhl House 1908 1116 Iroquois Gothic, Tudor John Scott Member of the family whose fortune eventually built the Buhl Building.[11]
James Burgess Book Jr. House James Burgess Book Jr House.jpg 1911 8469 East Jefferson Ave. Neo-Renaissance Louis Kamper Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[12]
James Hamilton House James Hamilton House.jpg 1902 8325 East Jefferson Ave. Tudor Revival Stratton & Baldwin Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[12]
Bingley Fales House 1907 1771 Seminole Neo-Georgian Chittenden & Kotting At 15,000 sq ft (1,400 m2), this house is the largest in Indian Village.
William F. Harris House William F Harris House.jpg 8335 East Jefferson Ave. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[12]
Christian Henry Hecker House 1915 1763 Iroquois MacFarlane, Maul, and Lentz Son of Colonel Frank J. Hecker. Christian Hecker served as president of the Hecker Insurance Co.
George M. Holley 1916 2152 Burns William Van Tine Founded the Holley Carburetor Company.
Hurlbut Memorial Gate Hurlbut Memorial Gate Detroit MI.jpg 1894 E. Jefferson at Cadillac Blvd. Beaux Arts Brede & Mueller Restored in 2007. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[12]
Jacob Carl Danziger House 1911 1485 Burns Bernard C. Wetzel Danziger was treasurer and general manager of Detroit Motor Casting.
Robert Hupp House 1911 1516 Iroquois Ave. Prairie Style George Valentine Pottle Home of the auto baron who built the Huppmobile.[11]
Louis Kamper House 1910 2150 Iroquois Neo-Renaissance Louis Kamper
Bernard G. Koether and
Harriet Bowerman House
1923 2921 Burns Herman & Simons Koether was GM executive, director of sales, advertising, and public relations.
Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church 1926 8625 E. Jefferson Ave. Gothic Revival Wirt C. Rowland Founded in 1854. Built in 1926 by Wirt C. Rowland, the Church contains ornate carvings with corbels and shields for each of the Apostles.
Julius T. Melchers House 1897 723 Seyburn Colonial Revival Donaldson and Meier Home of Detroit sculptor Julius T. Melchers. The gable of the house is carved by Melchers.
Henry Leland House 1052-seminole-detroit-michigan-henry-leland.JPG 1901 1052 Seminole St. Tudor Revival Unknown Henry Leland was an entrepreneur and machinist who founded Lincoln and Cadillac.
Enoch Smith House aka
"Ford Honeymoon House"
1915 2171 Iroquois Purchased by Edsel B. Ford in 1917. Edsel and Eleanor Ford resided in the house until 1921. Birthplace of Henry Ford II and Benson Ford.
Edwin Nelson House Edwin Nelson House.jpg 8311 East Jefferson Ave. Federal Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[12]
Pewabic Pottery Co. 1907 10125 E. Jefferson Ave. Tudor Stratton & Baldwin Mary Chase Perry Stratton, the founder of Pewabic Pottery was married to one of the architects.List on the National Register of Historic Places.[12]
Russel House 1890 1075 Burns Ave. Richardsonian Romanesque Walter S. Russel Moved to its present site in 1921, once located at Jefferson and Jos. Campau.[11]
Cornelius Ray House 1910 1500 Seminole French - American colonial Louis Kamper [11]
Mary S. Smith House Mary S Smith House.jpg 8445 East Jefferson Ave. Neo-Renaissance List on the National Register of Historic Places.[12]
Frederick K. Stearns House Frederick K. Stearns House Detroit MI.jpg 1902 8109 East Jefferson Ave. Tudor Revival Stratton & Baldwin Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[12]
Detroit Waldorf School 1913 2555 Burns Albert Kahn
Henry L. Walker House 1899 1005 Iroquois Colonial Revival Rogers and MacFarlane

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Simmons, Zena (March 14, 1998). "Detroit's historic Indian Village". Michigan History, The Detroit News. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  3. ^ "Elementary School Boundary Map." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on October 20, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Churches & Schools." Indian Village. Retrieved on March 30, 2009.
  5. ^ "Middle School Boundary Map." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on October 20, 2009.
  6. ^ "High School Boundary Map." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on October 20, 2009.
  7. ^ "Butzel Middle School Attendance Area." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on March 30, 2009.
  8. ^ "Contact Us." Cornerstone Schools. July 14, 2007. Retrieved on March 17, 2010.
  9. ^ "Private school CEO honored for students'academic feats." The Detroit News. May 24, 1999. Retrieved on March 17, 2010. "their money and time at the Iroquois campus in Indian Village."
  10. ^ Historic sites online.Michigan Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved on July 27, 2009.
  11. ^ a b c d e Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher (2002). AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3120-3. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h National Register of Historic Places - Michigan: Wayne County. National Park Service. Retrieved on July 27, 2009.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher (2002). AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3120-3. 
  • Meyer, Katherine Mattingly and Martin C.P. McElroy with Introduction by W. Hawkins Ferry, Hon A.I.A. (1980). Detroit Architecture A.I.A. Guide Revised Edition. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1651-4. 

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