Hunter House (Detroit, Michigan)

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Hunter House
Hunter House Detroit.jpg
Location3985 Trumbull Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates42°20′43.55″N 83°4′30.44″W / 42.3454306°N 83.0751222°W / 42.3454306; -83.0751222Coordinates: 42°20′43.55″N 83°4′30.44″W / 42.3454306°N 83.0751222°W / 42.3454306; -83.0751222
ArchitectGeorge F. Depew
Architectural styleChâteauesque, Queen Anne, Second Empire
NRHP reference #74001002[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPDecember 31, 1974
Designated MSHSJuly 26, 1974[2]

The Hunter House (also known as the William Northwood House or the Northwood - Hunter House) is located at 3985 Trumbull Avenue in the Woodbridge Neighborhood Historic District of Detroit, Michigan. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1974.[1][2] It was previously operated as the Woodbridge Star, a bed and breakfast.


In 1890, William Northwood, the co-founder of the Howard-Northwood Malt Manufacturing Company, commissioned architect George F. Depew to design this home.[2] The structure was completed in 1891 at a cost of $13,500.[2] In 1903, James J. Sullivan, founder of Sullivan Beef, purchased the home. The family lived in the house until 1957.[2] Both Howard-Northwood Malt Manufacturing and Sullivan Beef were major commercial ventures in Detroit, and this home reflects the prosperity of the owners.[2] In the 1960s, the house was converted into a church,[3] and in 1966, a side porch and conservatory were demolished.[2] In the early 1970s, the home was purchased by the Hunter family,[2] who converted it back to a private residence.[3] The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The house was sold at a later date in 2016 to an unknown buyer.

The home was recently operated as the Woodbridge Star, a seven-room bed and breakfast.[3] Very few exterior alterations have been made to the home, and the interior remains highly original.[2]


George F. Depew designed the elaborate three-story house in French Renaissance Châteauesque style with a red brick and rusticated stone exterior.[2] The influences of Queen Anne and Second Empire styles can also be seen on the home.[4][5] Round and square towers project from the main section of the house, each with a different roof style. The house has 6,500 sq ft (600 m2). The sides of the house differe in their appearance.[4] Incised brick and colored sandstone add ornamentation to the façade.[2] The roof has red slate shingles with metal cresting; shingle-covered gables facing the front of the home extend from the roof.[2] The transom windows are filled with stained and leaded glass, and the house boasts polished jasper collonettes.


  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 f g h i j k l Northwood House from the state of Michigan
  3. ^ a b c About the Woodbridge Star
  4. ^ a b William Northwood Home from
  5. ^ 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. P. 136.

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