Inn at 97 Winder (Detroit, Michigan)

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John Harvey House
John Harvey House Detroit.jpg
The Inn at 97 Winder.
Location97 Winder Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates42°20′30″N 83°3′8″W / 42.34167°N 83.05222°W / 42.34167; -83.05222Coordinates: 42°20′30″N 83°3′8″W / 42.34167°N 83.05222°W / 42.34167; -83.05222
ArchitectJohn V. Smith
Architectural styleSecond Empire, Queen Anne
NRHP reference No.91000354[1]
Added to NRHPApril 03, 1991

The Inn at 97 Winder is a luxurious historic Inn located at 97 Winder Street in Midtown Detroit, Michigan, within the Brush Park district. Originally known as the John Harvey House, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.[1] The Detroit hotel is two blocks from Comerica Park and three blocks from Ford Field.[2]


John Harvey was a successful pharmacist in Detroit,[2] but he is best known for his philanthropy in educating and feeding the city's poor children and orphans, beginning in the period just after the American Civil War and continuing into the early twentieth century.[3] Harvey established Detroit's Industrial School and later the Sabbath Mission School to educate indigent children.[3]

John Harvey died in 1905, but his widow lived in the house into the 1920s.[4] In the 1920s, Jesse Hobbs, an automobile worker, purchased the home. In 1938, the structure was converted into a rooming house; some of the larger rooms were partitioned.[4]


John Harvey employed John V. Smith to design this house with its Second Empire, Queen Anne architecture, located in the prestigious Brush Park neighborhood. Originally completed in 1887, the John Harvey House is constructed of red brick atop an ashlar foundation[3] with a mansard roof.[4] The façade features a center entrance and wooden brackets supporting the sills of the multi-storied towers and window bays.[3] The house has 11,000 square feet (1,000 m2), eight marble fireplaces, and three-story staircase.[4]

Developers purchased the John Harvey House in 1986, renovated the structure, and, in 2005, opened it as the historic Inn at 97 Winder with 10-room guest rooms.[2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c The Largest Historic Mansion in Detroit's Brush Park Area Opens as a New, Prestigious Bed and Breakfast Inn Archived 2009-01-06 at the Wayback Machine (press release)
  3. ^ a b c d John Harvey House Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine from the state of Michigan
  4. ^ a b c d From Little Paris to Brush Park, from the Inn at 97 Winder

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