Indian Village, Detroit

Coordinates: 42°21′37″N 82°59′46″W / 42.36028°N 82.99611°W / 42.36028; -82.99611
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Indian Village, Detroit
Homes on Iroquois Street
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LocationDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
Coordinates42°21′37″N 82°59′46″W / 42.36028°N 82.99611°W / 42.36028; -82.99611
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Renaissance Revival, Spanish Mission Revival, Federal, Georgian Revival
NRHP reference No.72000667[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 24, 1972

Indian Village is a neighborhood located in Detroit, Michigan, bounded 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]


The district has a number of architecturally-significant homes built in the early 20th century. Some of the houses have been substantially restored, and many others are 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 designed by prominent architects, such as Albert Kahn, Louis Kamper and William B. 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 and Women's Garden Club. The neighborhood hosts an annual Home & Garden Tour on the first Saturday in June, 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] With a white population of 63 percent[3] Indian Village is one of Detroit's few white majority neighborhoods.


Detroit Public Schools operates the area's public schools.

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

Private schools serving Indian Village include the Benjamin E. Mays Male Academy, the Detroit Waldorf School and Detroit Friends School.[5] Cornerstone Schools formerly operated the K-5 Iroquois Campus in Indian Village.[9][10]

Notable buildings[edit]

Name[11][12] 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.
Bliemaster House 1917 3465 Burns English Colonial Mildner and Eisen Built for Jacob Schaeffer, who built and owned the largest storage facility at the time. Mildner and Eisen also built the building on the south-east side of Mack and Gratiot.
James Burgess Book Jr. House 1911 8469 East Jefferson Ave. Neo-Renaissance Louis Kamper
Warren Scripps Booth House
1922 2950 Iroquois English Cottage Marcus Burrowes Son of Cranbrook founders George and Ellen Scripps Booth. President, Publisher and Chairman of The Detroit News.
Arthur and Clara Buhl House 1908 1116 Iroquois Gothic, Tudor John Scott Member of the family whose fortune eventually built the Buhl Building.[12]
Jacob Carl Danziger House 1911 1485 Burns Bernard C. Wetzel Danziger was treasurer and general manager of Detroit Motor Casting.
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.[13]
Goebel House 1912 1480 Seminole German Baroque, Tudor, Arts and Crafts Chittenden & Kotting Built for Fritz Goebel, vice president (and younger son of the founder) of Goebel Brewing Company.[14][15][16]
James Hamilton House 1902 8325 East Jefferson Ave. Tudor Revival Stratton & Baldwin
William F. Harris House 8335 East Jefferson Ave.
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.
Robert Hupp House 1911 1516 Iroquois Prairie Style George Valentine Pottle Home of the auto baron who built the Huppmobile.[12]
Hurlbut Memorial Gate 1894 E. Jefferson at Cadillac Blvd. Beaux Arts Brede & Mueller Restored in 2007.
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.
Louis Kamper House 1910 2150 Iroquois Neo-Renaissance Louis Kamper Built by Kamper as his family's home.[17]
John Kay House 1916 2924 Iroquois Colonial Revival Oscar C. Gottesleben Built for John Kay, prominent jeweler and founder of Wright, Kay & Company, for an estimated cost of $8,000.
Bernard G. Koether and Harriet Bowerman House 1923 2921 Burns Herman & Simons Koether was GM executive, director of sales, advertising, and public relations.
Henry Leland House 1901 1052 Seminole St. Tudor Revival Unknown Henry Leland was an entrepreneur and machinist who founded Lincoln and Cadillac.
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.
Edwin Nelson House 8311 East Jefferson Ave. Federal
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.
Cornelius Ray House 1910 1500 Seminole French - American colonial Louis Kamper [12]
Russel House 1890 1075 Burns Ave. Richardsonian Romanesque Walter S. Russel Moved to its present site in 1921, once located at Jefferson Avenue and Joseph Campau Street.[12]
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.
Mary S. Smith House 8445 East Jefferson Ave. Neo-Renaissance
Frederick K. Stearns House 1902 8109 East Jefferson Ave. Tudor Revival Stratton & Baldwin
Detroit Waldorf School 1913 2555 Burns Albert Kahn
Henry L. Walker House 1899 1005 Iroquois Colonial Revival Rogers and MacFarlane

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e Simmons, Zena (March 14, 1998). "Detroit's historic Indian Village". Michigan History, The Detroit News. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2007.
  3. ^ "Indian Village Demographics and Statistics". Niche. Retrieved February 26, 2023.
  4. ^ "Elementary School Boundary Map." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on October 20, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Churches & Schools Archived 2009-03-27 at the Wayback Machine." Indian Village. Retrieved on March 30, 2009.
  6. ^ "Middle School Boundary Map." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on October 20, 2009.
  7. ^ "High School Boundary Map." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on October 20, 2009.
  8. ^ "Butzel Middle School." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on March 30, 2009.
  9. ^ "Contact Us." Cornerstone Schools. July 14, 2007. Retrieved on March 17, 2010.
  10. ^ "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."
  11. ^ Historic sites online Archived March 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.Michigan Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved on July 27, 2009.
  12. ^ a b c d e Hill, Eric J.; John Gallagher (2002). AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3120-3.
  13. ^ Bingley Fales House in Detroit’s Indian Village to be 2020 Designers’ Show House for Junior League of Detroit. DBusiness Magazine. April 17, 2019. Retrieved on September 13, 2020.
  14. ^ Renovation restores Goebel/Hudson mansion in Indian Village. Detroit Free Press. May 8, 2015. Retrieved on May 29, 2015.
  15. ^ Fritz Goebel House (1480 Seminole). Historic Detroit. Retrieved on May 29, 2015.
  16. ^ Goebel Beer Mansion Lights Up Indian Village with $615K Ask. Curbed: Detroit. November 11, 2014. Retrieved on September 13, 2020.
  17. ^ "$1.3M Indian Village home built by architect Louis Kamper still stuns". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved February 11, 2021.

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