Herman Strasburg House

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Herman Strasburg House
Location 5415 Cass Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°21′35″N 83°4′9″W / 42.35972°N 83.06917°W / 42.35972; -83.06917Coordinates: 42°21′35″N 83°4′9″W / 42.35972°N 83.06917°W / 42.35972; -83.06917
Built 1915
Architect Marcus R. Burrowes
Architectural style Tudor Revival
MPS University-Cultural Center Phase I MRA
NRHP Reference # 86001036[1]
Added to NRHP April 29, 1986

The Herman Strasburg House is located at 5415 Cass Avenue in Midtown Detroit, Michigan. It is now known as the Wayne State University Music Annex. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]


Herman Strasburg was born in Detroit in 1860.[2] After graduating from high school in 1876, he joined his father's dancing school, eventually managing the business.[2]

In 1915, Strasburg and his wife Ida hired architect Marcus R. Burrowes to design the house on Cass Avenue. The Strasburg family occupied the home until 1925,[3] although it is not clear if the house was used as a private residence or a dance studio.[2] From 1931 to 1944, the house was used as a combined music school and a private home.[3] In 1949, Wayne State University bought the property, using it first as the Wayne University Choral Studio and later as the Wayne State University Music Annex.[3]


The Herman Strasburg house is one of the best examples of Tudor Revival architecture in Detroit.[2] The second story is characteristically half-timbered, while the ground floor is covered in attractive brickwork.[2]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Herman Strasburg House from Detroit1701.org
  3. ^ a b c Herman Strasburg House from Woodward Avenue