Thomas S. Sprague House

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Thomas S. Sprague House
Thomas S Sprague House Detroit DEMOLISHED.jpg
Parking lot where the Thomas S. Sprague House once stood
Location 80 West Palmer Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°21′42″N 83°4′11″W / 42.36167°N 83.06972°W / 42.36167; -83.06972Coordinates: 42°21′42″N 83°4′11″W / 42.36167°N 83.06972°W / 42.36167; -83.06972
Built 1884
Architect William Scott & Co.
Architectural style Queen Anne, Shingle style
Demolished c. 1986
MPS University-Cultural Center Phase I MRA
NRHP reference # 86001037[1]
Added to NRHP April 29, 1986

The Thomas S. Sprague House was a private residence located at 80 West Palmer Avenue in Midtown Detroit, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986,[1] but was subsequently demolished.[2]


William Scott & Company constructed this house for Thomas S. Sprague, a Detroit real estate developer. Sprague himself lived in the house from 1884 to 1901, when Detroit Evening News editorial writer Arthur D. Welton moved into the house. Arthur Patriache, a manager for the Pere Marquette Railroad, lived in the house from 1905 to 1916. Restaurateur Michael Guarnieri purchased the house in 1916, and it remained in the Guarnieri family possession until 1977, when Wayne State University purchased the property.[3] The house was demolished in 1994.[4]


The Thomas S. Sprague House was a 2-1/2 story Queen Anne / Shingle style house. The front facade had a variety of projecting and receding elements, and a variety of surface treatments, creating an asymmetric composition with rich texture. A one-story hipped roof porch covered the center entrance, and wrapped around a corner octagonal turret. To the side of the entrance was a triple window surmounted with stained glass. Double hung first floor windows in the turret were also topped by arched stained glass sections. The turret was topped with a gable which made the structure into a bay window. Another bay window was set into the opposite side of the facade.[3]

The interior of the house was maintained in nearly original form for almost 100 years. The intoerior contained combination gas-electric chandeliers, stained glass windows, patterned hearth tiles, and a radiator with a glass door warming oven. A unique asymmetrical butternut fireplace with mantelpiece was in the parlor.[3]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Thomas S. Sprague House (Demolished) from the city of Detroit
  3. ^ a b c National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form: Thomas S. Sprague House 
  4. ^ Evelyn Aschenbrenner, Gleaners Temple,