Perry McAdow House

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Perry McAdow House
Location4605 Cass Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates42°21′11″N 83°3′56″W / 42.35306°N 83.06556°W / 42.35306; -83.06556Coordinates: 42°21′11″N 83°3′56″W / 42.35306°N 83.06556°W / 42.35306; -83.06556
ArchitectMartin Scholls & Son
Architectural styleRenaissance Revival
Part ofWarren-Prentis Historic District (#97001477)
NRHP reference #80004405[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 03, 1980
Designated CPDecember 01, 1997
Designated MSHSDecember 14, 1976[2]

The Perry McAdow House is a Renaissance Revival house located at 4605 Cass Avenue in Midtown Detroit, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1976[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]


Perry W. McAdow earned his fortune gold mining in Montana.[2] In 1891, he and his wife Clara built an elaborate mansion on Cass for a cost of $65,000 as an entrance into Detroit society.[3] The couple lived there until 1897. The house was used as a private residence until 1913, when it was sold to the First Universalist congregation. The church used it as a place of worship for three years until a new church immediately to the north was completed, after which the house was used as a parish house.[2]


The house has two and a half stories with a hipped roof, and is constructed of red brick and brownstone. The exterior boasts bay windows, Corinthian columned porches, parapet balustrades, and a modillion cornice; the interior features notable frescos, paneling, plasterwork and stained glass. Behind the original house is a two-story, red brick church hall, built in 1917.[2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e Perry McAdow House Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine from the state of Michigan
  3. ^ First Unitarian-Universalist Church Archived 2007-10-11 at the Wayback Machine from the city of Detroit

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